Hada Claims 100th Win; Softball Splits

Hada Claims 100th Win; Softball Splits

TIFFIN, Ohio - The Heidelberg University softball team produced a sixth inning rallying to propel them to a 3-1 victory and sixth year head coach Betsy Hada to her 100th career victory. Game two went to the Quakers, 4-3, in eight innings.

Hada, a 2001 'Berg graduate, earned her inaugural win in 2009 when the Student Princes dropped St. Benedict, 3-1 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Hada's centennial triumph came with sophomore righty Paige Atterholt on the mound. Atterholt held the Quakers to on run on five hits,w hill striking out three.

The Berg gained a one run advantage in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Mikaela Mitsch knocked an infield single to lead of the inning. Mitsch would be gunned down at second when Kayla Zachrich reached in a fielder's choice.

Freshman Kyleah Brey struck out for the second out of the inning which brought up Randi Kelsey for The Berg. Kelsey smacked a double to the wall in left center scoring Zachrich. However, Kelsey was tagged out to end the inning when she rounded second on her way to third and stumbled.

The Quakers answered with a run of their own in the top of the third with an RBI single, and the Student Princes would remain deadlocked until the top of the sixth.

The Heidelberg ladies took back the lead when sophomore Marisa Smego reached on a fielding error, that scored shortstop Lisa Simmons from second. Smego was plated on the ensuing at bat when Mitsch tapped an RBI double to left center.

Atterholt retired the side in order in the seventh to earn Hada her 100th career victory.

In between contests, the Student Princes honored their lone senior, center fielder Jami Wagner. Wagner's career in the Tricolor has been far from ordinary. As the all-time leader in runs, triples, at bats, and stolen bases, she will go down as one of the Heidelberg softball greats.

On the day the Alvada native finished two of eight, but collected her 12th stolen base of the season.

Game two opened in favor of the Quakers as they tacked on two in the first inning. A two run home run from shortstop Caitlin Shilling marked the tenth home run surrendered by 'Berg freshman Erin Chapman.

Wilmington added another run in the top of the fourth before the Berg got on the scoreboard. Smego reached on another fielding error which scored freshman Taylor Hicks.

The Student Princes tied the game in a thrilling sixth inning. After Kelsey earned a walk to lead off the inning, Hicks dinged a single to left field. Wagner legged out a bunt to keep the Berg alive and load the bases.

After Simmons, who's .402 batting average leads the team, went down swinging, Smego scored Kelsey and Hicks on a single to tie the game, 3-3.

As the seven the inning came and went without either team drawing blood, game two went into extra innings. In the Quaker half of the eighth Chapman forced a pop fly to Zachrich at shortstop for the first out before Shilling knocked a single to left field. Shilling advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt which brought up third baseman Erica Lee.

Lee rapped a ground ball to Simmons who couldn't hang on, which allowed Shilling to make her way home.

Down 4-3, the Berg could not muster up enough offensive intensity to pull the game back to even.

The Student Princes (19-11, 8-8 OAC) move into a tie in fifth with John Carroll in the conference standings.

The Berg ladies will host the Defiance Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, April 22 in non-conference action. First Pitch from Jocko Huffman Field will be at 3:30 p.m.