CLERMONT, Fla. – The Lyndon Softball Program opened its 2014 season on Sunday, Feb. 23 with an eight-day, 10-game road trip to Florida. Despite collecting only one win on the trip, the Hornets performed well and are now poised to move up the ranks in the North Atlantic Conference.
Hanover 3, Lyndon 0
Leah Kemmerer tossed a one-hitter, and struck out 16 to propel the Panthers to victory. Kemmerer had two hits to support her caused while battery mate Tori Wilson chipped in two hits of her own.
Jena Finnegan had a bunt single in the ninth to account for the Hornets' lone hit of the day and Kate Davis was saddled with the loss. She allowed three earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out none.
Schreiner 12, Lyndon 11 (8 inn.)
Lyndon blew a four-run lead in the seventh inning, but nearly rallied to victory in extra innings. The Hornets led 6-2 before allowing Schreiner to plate four runs in its final at bat to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
The Mountaineers plated six runs in the top of the eight and seemingly had control of the game until Lyndon responded with five runs of its own in the bottom of the frame. The Hornets' had the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the eight, but the wind knocked down Alise Vandal's bid for a game-winiing, walk-off homer at the base of the left field wall to end the contest.
Kelsey Schwind went 4-for-5 with two runs-batted-in for the winners while the trio of Destiny Rodriguez, Sarah Worrell, and Holly Molenaar added two hits each. Victoria Schoenherr got the win in relief of Jordan Moody she went three innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits while fanning four and walking three.
Taylor Young had three hits – including a double – to lead the Hornets and Shelby Sheridan, Dakota Crane (double & triple) and Mindy Carl chipped in two hits each. Meghan Gadapee was the hard luck loser allowing eight earned runs on 12 hits walking and striking out three batters each.
Davenport 20, Lyndon 0 (5 inn.)
Davenport jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one inning of play and coasted to an easy win over Lyndon.
Haley Obetts, Carli San Millan and Lindsay Tasma had three hits for the Panthers and Amber Getty, Debra Burton and Paige Sant'Angelo had two. Emily Maves earned the win allowing no earned runs on any hits while fanning nine and walking one.
Jillian Emery spoiled Maves chance for a perfect game with a walk and Gadapee took the loss. She allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits in one inning of work.
Schreiner 12, Lyndon 4 (6 inn.)
Lyndon committed eight errors en route to a 12-4 loss to Schreiner. Schwind, Victoria Alcozer and Stormie Lutz had two hits each for the Mountaineers and Rodrigues went five innings to get the win. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking three.
Sheridan and Young pounded out two hits each for the Hornets and Davis was tagged with the loss. She allowed two earned runs on 12 hits while fanning two and walking two.
UMichigan-Dearborn 7, Lyndon 4
A late Lyndon rally ended with a blow call as the Hornets dropped a 7-4 decision to the University of Michigan at Dearborn. With two outs and the bases loaded, Alise Vandal was called for interference on a ball that was seemingly unplayable by Wolverine second baseman Michelle Hollister.
Vandal was ruled out on the play, ending the rally and sending Lyndon on to a disappointing defeat.
Maria Rodriguez and Haleigh Horvath had two hits each for the winners and Abby Jewel went the distance to get the victory. She allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out 11 and walking four.
Finnegan had two hits to lead the Hornets and Vandal chipped in a double. Davis took the loss allowing four earned runs on seven hits while fanning two and walking one.
Hanover 4, Lyndon 3
Lyndon battled back from a two-run deficit in sixth only to see Hanover drive home the game-winner in the seventh in a tough one-run loss.
Danielle Merrick had three hits for the Panthers while Wilson and Gabrielle Ritchey added two each. Wilson had the game-winning hit – a run-scoring single in the seventh. Kemmerer earned the win going one and one-third innings of relief. She allowed no runs while striking out two.
Crane had two hits for the Hornets and Carl had a double. Davis took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 13 hits while fanning one and walking no one.
Capital 15. Lyndon 0 (5 inn.)
Marisa Koss swatted two home runs, and Therese Becker, Maura Rose and Ashley Knowles had one each, as Capital handed Lyndon a lopsided 15-0 loss.
Koss, Sarah Nist and Brooklyn Staten had three hits each for the Crusaders and Becker chipped in two. Alyssa Patznick got the win allowing non runs on two hits while fanning five and walking one.
Lyndon 5, Davenport 4
Lyndon's first win of the season was a memorable one, a 5-4 victory over NAIA powerhouse Davenport. The win avenged a 20-0 loss to the Panthers earlier in the week.
Davis threw a total of 62 pitches in the contest in earning the win. She allowed no earned runs, while scattering seven hits. Davis went the distance, striking out two and walking one.
Sheridan, Young and Carl collected two hits each for the Hornets with the big blow of the game coming off the bat of Crane, who swatted a two-run homer to left in the fifth.
Kyleigh Linebaugh was tagged with the loss. She allowed five earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two. K.C. Dunne had three hits for the Panthers in the loss.
Concordia-Moorhead 8, Lyndon 3
Madison Little and Heather Jonasson had two hits each to lead Concordia-Moorhead to a win over Lyndon. Hilary Rotunda went the distance to get the win, allowing one earned run on four hits while fanning two and walking two.
Sheridan was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Hornets and Saiya Sok collected her first hit of the season. Davis took the loss, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out three and walking one.
UMichigan-Dearborn 12, Lyndon 4
Lyndon completed its southern trip with a 12-4 loss to the University of Michigan at Dearborn. The Hornets battled back from a three-run deficit to tie the game in both the fourth and fifth innings only to see the Wolverines explode for eight runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Six Wolverine hits combined with eight Hornets errors led to 11 runs – three earned – in five innings of play. Sheridan continued to sizzle at the plate, collecting two hits to go along with two runs scored and an RBI. Davis took the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one.
"For the most part, I am satisfied with the way the trip played out," said Lyndon Head Coach Bill Johnson. "Considering we had yet to practice outdoors, we were able to do many things well throughout the week and improved in other areas as well. I believe playing this level of completion early will be a great benefit to us our season progresses."