Softball Opens Season with Two Wins
PLYMOUTH, Minn. - The Martin Luther College softball team opened its season with a pair of wins at the Plymouth Creek Dome on Thursday, defeating Maranatha 11-2 and North Central 12-6.
The Knights opened the season with an 11-2 win against Maranatha in five innings.
Starting pitcher Kathryn Marquardt allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but shut the Crusaders out the rest of the way to earn the win. She struck out five in the game while allowing two walks and five hits.
MLC finished the game with six hits, and took advantage of five MBBC errors and five walks to score the 11 runs. Emily Waldek led the Knights with two hits and two runs batted in, while Kelli Doell and Emily Wessel each scored a pair of runs.
After winning game one against Maranatha, the Knights overcame a three-run deficit against North Central to win by the score of 12-6.
MLC jumped on top of the Rams 2-0 in the top half of the first inning, but NCU would score five unanswered runs to take a 5-2 lead into the fifth inning.
The Knights stormed back in the top of the fifth inning, batting around and finishing with six runs on seven hits. Seven of the first eight batters in the inning reached base, with Sarah Couture coming up with a big two-run double to give the Knights the lead.
MLC would tack on four more insurance runs in the final two innings, which was more than enough for starting pitcher Kelli Doell, who allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits in seven innings to earn the win. Doell struck out nine while walking only two in the game.
Sara Willems finished the game as the top hitter for MLC with three hits, including a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. She also scored three runs and drove in two more.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Friday, March 210 when they return to the Plymouth Creek Dome for three games. Game one is scheduled to start at 8:50 a.m. against North Central.