Laker softball drops 2

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Iowa Lakesí Kacie Salazar turns on a pitch earlier this season. Salazar and the Lakers fell twice Friday to Ellsworth on the road. (Photo by Cecil Ramsey)

The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team took two losses to conference foe, Ellsworth Community College Friday. Bibiana Rosales took the 12-11 loss in game one and the 13-6 loss in game two. The Lakers are now 9-13 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Iowa Lakes took the lead in the second inning of game one when Kacie Salazar led off the inning with a double. Kaitlin Walsh was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced on a Laurie Custard sacrifice out. Montanna Popp walked to load the bases before the Panthers walked Kenlee Frank to bring in the first run of the game. Lexi Pallisco then doubled to right field to score two more runs. Julia Sullwold then hit a single to score Frank and give the Lakers a 4-0 lead. Ellsworth quickly countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second.

Leilani San Pedro started the Lakers scoring again in the top of the third with a leadoff single. Salazar then doubled before Walsh walked to load the bases. Custard followed with a ball to the shortstop that scored San Pedro. Popp drove a ball up the middle to score both Salazar and Walsh, and the Lakers were up 7-3. Again, Ellsworth pushed back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Ellsworth took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when they scored three runs on two hits and two walks.

The Lakers were not done yet though as they scored again in the top of the fifth. Walsh doubled to right before Custard was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Walsh scored on a Panther error. Frank drew her second walk of the day to load the bases before Pallisco walked to score Custard. Sullwold pushed the Lakers tenth run across the plate with a groundout to the second baseman to score Popp.

Custard scored the Lakers final run of the game on a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give the Lakers an 11-8 lead. Iowa Lakes gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth on one error, two hits and one hit by pitch to complete the 12-11 defeat.

Rosales took the loss for the Lakers. She pitched two innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on two hits, while striking out five. Yasmine Nix pitched four innings, allowing eight runs, one earned on six hits, four walks and striking out two. Salazar led the Lakers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Pallisco was 1-for-2 with three runs batted in and two walks.

Game two did not start off too great for the Lakers. They went down in order in the top of the first and then allowed six runs in the bottom of the inning. They did this on two hits, one Laker error and four walks.

Salazar got the Lakers on the board with a homer in the top of the second, but the Panthers scored again in the bottom of the inning. They scored four runs on five hits and one Laker error.

Pallisco drove a one out single up the middle to start things for the Lakers in the third. Sullwold walked before Lopez singled to bring up San Pedro. San Pedro hit a grand slam over the centerfield fence to bring the Lakers within five.

Down 10-5, Gabby Heckard helped the Lakers get a little closer with a leadoff home run in the fourth.

The Panthers scored another three runs in the bottom of the fifth on three hits and one walk to put the game out of reach for the Lakers.

Sullwold took the loss for the Lakers. She allowed five runs, one earned on five hits and one walk. Rosales allowed five runs, four earned, on two hits and three walks. Naomi Tolmachoff allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Salazar was 2-for-4 with a home run.

The Lakers returned to action Monday, as they took on North Iowa Area Community College at 10 a.m. and noon in the Austin Dome in Austin, Minnesota.

Iowa Lakes softball players Julia Sullwold, Leilani San Pedro and Emily Owen meet up in the outfield before an inning. The Lakers dropped a doubleheader to Indian Hills Wednesday. (Photo by Cecil Ramsey)

Lakers drop 2 to Indian Hills

Iowa Lakes Community College softball dropped two games to NJCAA D-I Indian Hills Wednesday. The first game was 13-1 and the second was 9-0.

Iowa Lakes had not played a game since spring break and it showed. The Lakers mustered up just one hit, while allowing 12 in game one.

The Lakers started off the game with a leadoff walk from Julia Sullwold. Desiree Lopez struck out and Sullwold was caught stealing to clear the bases with two outs. Leilani San Pedro and Kacie Salazar each drew a walk before San Pedro scored on a single from Kaitlin Walsh. Iowa Lakes took the early 1-0 lead.

Iowa Lakes and Indian Hills were each held scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when the Warriors scored five runs. They did this on five hits and one Laker error. Indian Hills scored another eight runs in the bottom of the fourth on six hits.

Yasmine Nix took the loss for the Lakers. She allowed thirteen runs, 12 earned, on 12 hits and two walks. Sullwold and Walsh each had a hit at the plate.

Game two went very similar to game one for the Lakers. Indian Hills scored in each of the four innings they batted in. They scored two in the first on five hits, one in the second on one hit, two in the third on one hit and one error, and four in the fourth on three hits and one error.

Bibiana Rosales took the loss for the Lakers. She allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits, five walks and two strikeouts. Sullwold had the lone hit for the Lakers.

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