By Kaia Zimmerman
Grand Rapids Community College softball team lost both games in a doubleheader versus Lake Michigan Softball on Tuesday, April 13, 17-2 and 12-2.
The Raiders have now lost eight straight games. GRCC had eight errors in the first game. Head coach Brian Skudre thinks the team needs to tighten up their defense to get back in the win column.
“We need to start making the routine plays, routine,” Skudre said. “We need to start making the easy plays that we should be able to make. We just aren’t making them right now, and that’s causing the extra runs to be scored.”
The Raiders were led by freshman Haley Van Huis who had four hits on the day going 1 for 2 in the first game and 3 of 4 in the second game with an RBI. Freshman Krin Beach also helped the team with two hits with an RBI.
Sophomore Alexa Abrahamson got the start on the mound for the Raiders. In the first game she pitched three innings giving up 10 hits and eight runs with one strikeout. Redshirt freshman Mariah Redding came in after three innings for Abrahamson and gave up eight hits and nine runs.
The Red Hawks got to a quick start with a two run single in the top of the first followed by two errors made by the Raiders defense which scored two more. Another two-run single by the Red Hawks would give them a 6-0 lead early on.
In the top of the second the Red Hawks got a triple and scored two more to extend the lead to 8-0 to end the top of the second inning.
The Raiders got on the board after an error by the Jayhawks third baseman scored redshirt-freshman Taylor Cross. Shortly after, sophomore Marlo Abbey hit an RBI single to cut into the Red Hawks lead, 8-2.
The Raiders stopped the Red Hawks in the top of the third, and ended the inning on a spectacular catch by Abrahamson. GRCC tried to capitalize on the quick top of the inning when Beach hit a single and redshirt-freshman Alexis Nguyen was walked, but unfortunately they couldn’t get anything else going to score the runs leaving two people on to end the inning down 8-2.
In the top of the fourth the Red Hawks scored on an error extending their lead 9-2. In the top of the sixth the Red Hawks scored eight runs with some good hits and capitalized on errors by the Raiders to finish the game 17-2.
Abrahamson got the start for the Raiders going into the second game where she pitched all seven innings giving up 18 hits and 12 runs with five strikeouts. The Raiders started off strong in the second game, and kept it close until the sixth, but couldn’t finish to give the Red Hawks another win.
In the first inning Abrahamson started off strong with two strikeouts and letting up no runs and one hit.
In the top of the second, the Red Hawks scored the first run of the game with an RBI single going up 1-0 after the second inning.
The score stayed the same for the next two innings as both teams had trouble getting something going on the offensive ends.
The Red Hawks got their bats going in the top of the fifth and scored two runs on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly to go up 3-0. The Raiders came back in the bottom of the fifth when Nguyen reached on an error and Abrahamson got on the bases with an infield single. Van Huis would score Nguyen on a single to shorten the Red Hawks lead 3-1. Right after the RBI single by Van Huis, Beach hit a single scoring Abrahamson to cut the lead to only one run 3-2 going into the sixth.
In the sixth, the Red Hawks got two triples and a single to go, and would score four more runs giving them a 7-2 lead. They would tack on four additional runs in the seventh to give them the lead 12-2 to close out the game.
Skudre said he feels that if the Raiders can clean up their defense they can be competitive as they play four more games this week. The Raiders were scheduled to play Mid-Michigan, but that was cancelled due to Mid-Michigan having to go on a 10-day quarantine. The Raiders’ next game will be in Summit Township when they face the Jackson College Jets on Friday, April 16.
“I think if we can make the routine plays routine ,we can be competitive in all the rest of the games this week,” Skudre said.