The Heidelberg University women’s softball team, along with the visiting Blue Streaks of John Carroll University, celebrated Strike Out Cancer Day in support of the fight against cancer. The Student Princes (12-21, 2-15 OAC) took game one from John Carroll, 2-1 but dropped the second contest, 6-3.
Pink apparel was scattered about Jocko Huffman Field as the lone Heidelberg senior, lefty Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) took the mound in her last home game as a Student Prince. The talented pitcher threw her seventh complete game of the year against the Blue Streaks. She collected two strikeouts and four walks while allowing only six hits.
The Berg put up two runs in the first inning, which began with a lead off single from junior Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel). Wagner proceeded to steal second on the ensuing at-bat before freshman Lisa Simmons (Westerville/Westerville North) lined out to John Carroll’s ace, Rachel Byrnes.
Wagner stole for a second time later in the game, which brings her to a tie for Heidelberg’s all-time career stolen base record of 61.
Marissa Smego (Parma/Trinity) moved Wagner to third with a single down the left field line. With one out and two runners on, freshman catcher Bri Sinden (New Philadelphia) laced a triple to right field scoring Wagner from third and Smego on a fielding error.
The Berg held the Blue Streaks scoreless until the top of the seventh when they collected their only run of the contest.
The Student Princes jumped out to another early lead in the second game with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Wagner reached first on a bunt, which was followed by a Simmons single to left field. Smego singled up the middle and eventually reached third on a throw and a fielding error. Wagner and Simmons both scored on the Smego single.
Smego would score on the ensuing at-bat on a wild pitch by the John Carroll starter, Gina Tosti.
The Blue Streaks remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when they took the lead from the Berg with four runs of their own. A run in the fifth and another in the sixth would propel the Blue Streaks to a 6-3 victory.
The Heidelberg ladies will return to the field on April 29, when they travel to Wooster, Ohio. The Berg will battle the Scots from the College of Wooster. First pitch in the non-conference doubleheader is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.