Calvin Softball Sweeps Kalamazoo in Conference Twinbill

Calvin Softball Sweeps Kalamazoo in Conference Twinbill

The Calvin softball team swept the doubleheader against Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon with scores of 4-1 in game one and 8-1 in game two. 

GAME ONE RECAP
Calvin 4, Kalamazoo 1

The Knights were able to score right away in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Kennedy Geiger (Clarksville, MI / Lake Odessa) hit a single to center field to score Grace Stock (Vicksburg, MI / Vicksburg) and give them a 1-0 lead.

Calvin put more runs on the board in the third as Kali Yant (Vicksburg, MI / Vicksburg) hit a ball in play where Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, MI / Portage Northern) and Stock scored on an error by the Kalamazoo catcher. The Knights weren't done scoring in the third inning as Grace Glass (Indianapolis, IN / North Central) singled in the infield to score Yant from second and give the Knights a 4-0 lead.

The Hornets struggled to get any offensive going as senior Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, MI / Unity Christian) was shutting them out with five strikeouts and only allowing two hits through five innings. Kalamazoo finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning and made it a 4-1 game heading into the seventh inning. Calvin didn't add to its lead in the sixth or seventh inning, but Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, MI / Holland Christian) came on to relief and got the save for the Knights with a score of 4-1.

GAME TWO RECAP
Calvin 8, Kalamazoo 1

The second game of the doubleheader saw the Knights score the first couple of runs in the second inning. Kayla Groen singled to right field to score Yant and get the first run for Calvin. The bases were loaded in that same inning when Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, MI / Caledonia) walked, and the Knights were up 2-0.

Kalamazoo couldn't find its swing in the game as Kirsten Krause (Fredonia, WI / Grafton) held the Hornets hitless in the first three innings of the game. Calvin added a run in the fourth inning thanks to a triple from Sydney Duong (Kalamazoo, MI / Kalamazoo Christian) and a run in the fifth on an error by Kalamazoo. The Hornets finally broke through and scored in the bottom of the fifth, and the Knights led 4-1 after fiving innings.

Calvin added to its lead in the sixth inning as Groen homered to left field and Stock doubled to center field to add two more runs. Calvin finished the scoring in the sixth with a Yant RBI single to center field and Calvin was leading 8-1. Krause finished off in the sixth inning while Maddy Meredith (Portland, MI / Grand Ledge) closed it out in the seventh to give Calvin an 8-1 win.

Krause picked up her fourth win of the season for the Knights. Stock had two hits and two RBIs in the second game while Groen had three hits and two RBIs.

COACHES COMMENTS: "It is always good to pick up two wins in our tough conference," said Head Coach Becky Hilgert. "I thought we found ways to attack with our short game early on to get their defense to play fast and score some key runs. Defensively we continue to improve and make plays for our pitchers. Our pitchers have embraced the staff mentality and pick each other up and execute when their number is called. Overall, it was a great team effort across the board today.

UP NEXT: The Knights will host a double header against Albion on Tuesday April 6 with the first game starting at 3 p.m.