Knights Split with Vikings
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team lost a game one slugfest, but battled back to take game two against Bethany Wednesday afternoon. The Vikings won game one 12-11, while MLC took game two 5-4.
The Knights overcame a five-run deficit with a seven-run third inning, but were unable to come all the way back from a second five-run deficit in a 12-11 game one loss.
After falling behind 5-0, the Knights had eight of the first nine batters in the third inning reach base, scoring seven runs in the process. Karla Opperman (North Branch, Mich./North Branch HS) had the big hit for MLC, smoking a line drive over the center field fence for a two-run home run. One batter before Opperman's home run, April Cook (Monomonee Falls, Wis./KMLHS) cleared the bases with a three-run double.
MLC's lead would not last long, however, as Bethany scored seven runs in the next three innings to take a 12-7 lead.
The Knights battled back for four runs in the sixth, but were unable to score any more in the one-run loss.
MLC came back from a 4-2 deficit in the fourth inning to take game two 5-4 over Bethany, giving the Knights their first conference win of the season.
Bethany jumped on top with two runs in the top of the first, and then took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth after the Knights had tied the game at 2-2 in the third.
Trailing by two, the Knights scored two runs in the fourth off Viking miscues, with Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) driving in Jessica Henning (Redwood Falls, Minn./Redwood Valley) to tie the game at 4-4.
The Knights scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning when Henning singled home Opperman to push the Knights on top 5-4.
That run would be all starter Heather Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran HS) would need, as she improved to 3-3 on the season with a complete game. Korb allowed four runs (two earned) on ten hits in the game.
With the split, MLC improved to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in UMAC play, while Bethany dropped to 8-10 on the year and 1-0 in the conference. Only game one of the double header was considered a conference game.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, April 10, when it hosts Presentation for a double header starting at 1 p.m.