By Aaron Stoner – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College women’s Softball team went up against Kellogg Community College on Thursday afternoon at Belknap Park, losing both games of their doubleheader, bringing their record to 3-22 on the year.
Game one of the set saw the Raiders get pummeled 13-1, with starting pitcher Casey Evans only surviving the first three innings before getting pulled after surrendering 8 runs off 8 hits.
The Raiders were patient at the plate, but maybe too patient, with their only run coming off a wild throwing error by Bruins catcher Jenny Renfroe that saw second baseman Andi Chapman score for the Raiders.
Kellogg’s starting pitcher Alexa Stephenson kept the Raiders’ offense in check and held them to just three hits the entire game.
The second contest featured a seemingly different squad, one that was surely fired up by the blowout loss.
Kellogg got out to an early four-run lead, but the Raiders bats would come alive not long after.
In a wildly exciting fifth inning, Raiders pitcher Josie Manion lead the inning off crushing a double into left-center field. Runs would soon follow with RBI’s from Mercedes Martinez and shortstop Sierra Stoepker, as well as a big two-run single from outfielder Makayla Beld bringing the score to 5-4.
Manion turned in a strong performance for the Raiders, she made it through the first six innings surrendering seven hits and only four runs, strengthening her teams chances of getting the win.
Manion would also have a solid day at the plate, finishing 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
Two more runs would come off doubles from third baseman Stephanie Kruskie and Manion, as well as a sacrifice bunt from Evans.
The Raiders would see themselves ahead through six with a score of 7-4.
But it was the relentless attack and strong, timely bats of the Bruins who seemed to have the Raiders number, scoring six massive runs in the top half of the seventh inning and end up sweeping the Raiders with a final score of 10-7.
The Raiders travel to Centerville, MI today to battle Glen Oaks Community College starting at 3 p.m, and then are back home at Belknap Park for a double header vs. Kalamazoo Valley Community College Saturday at 1 p.m.