WINTER GARDEN, Florida – The No. 14 Heidelberg University softball team remained undefeated with a pair of wins on Thursday. Heidelberg blanked Wisconsin River Falls, 4-0, then beat Kalamazoo, 10-5. The Student Princes improved to 8-0 on the season.
- Mikaela Mitsch: 4-for-7, two doubles, four RBI, one little league home run.
- Taylor Hicks: 3-for-7, one RBI, two runs.
- Marissa Smego: 3-for-8, two doubles, two RBI.
- Paige Atterholt: 7-inning CG, two hits, 0 runs.
GAME ONE: Heidelberg 4 Wisconsin River Falls 0
Heidelberg would add single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. In the fourth, Hicks scored on a passed ball. The fifth started with a double by Smego. Pinch runner Riley Brown scored on a single by Mitsch. In the sixth, Kaitlin Keys lifted a sacrifice fly to left which allowed Randi Kelsey to score.
Atterholt (4-0) dominated. When she got in trouble, the defense bailed her out. The infield twisted two double plays – a 1-4-2 DP to end the third and a 6-4-3 twin-killing in the fifth. She retired the final six batters in a row.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 10 Kalamazoo 5
The Hornets went up 1-0 in the first with a run off of starter Morgan Daniels.
Heidelberg responded with a seven-run outburst in the second, sending 12 to the plate. Daniels started the rally with a single to center. Hicks followed with a bunt single. Later, Bailey Clark drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Smith slapped an infield single to third and Daniels scored. Smego followed with a single to right that plated a pair. Next, Mitsch hit a double to deep left, scoring Smith and Smego. The final two more runs scored on a dropped pop up.
Kalamazoo crept back in with two runs in the fourth and fifth. Erin Chapman (3-0) relieved Daniels in the fourth and went the distance.
The Student Princes tacked off three in the sixth. Smego doubled to left to start the inning. Mitsch followed with a single to right that was misplayed. The error allowed Mitsch to round the bases for a little league home run, scored as a single and three-base error. Kayla Zachrich followed with walk, moving to third on a basehit by Chapman. Zachrich scored on a fielder's choice by Hicks.
Chapman worked a 1-2-3 seventh.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
Head coach Betsy Hada on Thursday: "Any time you can come away with two wins is a good day ... I think we had some mental errors on offense that limited our ability to extend innings. Tomorrow is a great opportunity to end the week on a high note."
Heidelberg closes the week in Florida with two games on Friday. Allegheny is at 9, Whitewater is at 11. The junior varsity team plays at 1 p.m.