SB: Moore sisters both homer but 'Berg drops two

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the midst of the busiest week of the season, the Heidelberg University softball team dropped another pair of games on Wednesday afternoon.

On the road to non-conference opponent, Case Western Reserve University, the Berg (12-18) dropped game one in six innings 8-0 before stumbling in game two by a score of 9-4.

Casey Moore collected four hits in the twinbill to lead the Berg's offense.

GAME ONE: CASE WESTERN 8 HEIDELBERG 0 (6 innings)

The first inning quickly passed as both Stephanie Drapp and Case starter, Ilissa Hamilton worked a perfect frame.

In the second, Drapp doubled to start the inning before Joanna Catalano walked and Abby Barno reached on an infield single to load the bases. Unfortunately, with two outs, Leah Bouillon flied out to deep left field to end the threat.

In the bottom of the second, Case got the winning run on the board with an infield single by Sydney Wagner.

In the third, Drapp collected her second hit of the game, while Casey Moore also reached via an infield single. Unfortunately, the momentum sizzled out yet again for the Student Princes.

Moving the fourth, Case broke open the game with two killer doubles. First, Wagner scored both runners on base with her double to right center. Later on, Nicole Doyle cleared a bases loaded situation with a two-bagger to the same gap in right center.

In the bottom of the sixth, Case got the two runs they needed to seal the game one win on a double steal and an RBI single by Liv Thomas.

Drapp (9-5) took the loss after allowing nine hits in 3.1 innings of work. She was responsible for six earned runs. Hamilton (9-4) earned the win in a complete game shutout for Case.

GAME TWO: CASE WESTERN 9 HEIDELBERG 4

In game two, it looked as though 'Berg starter Kaitlyn Moore decided to work in front courtesy to herself. In the top of the second, Moore smacked her first home run of the season with a shot to left center to take the 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, Case responded with a pair of homers in the bottom half of the second. Nicole Carty and Doyle each collected round-trippers before Melissa Cuellar tallied an RBI single for a five run outburst.

Once out of the inning, Casey Moore decided to help out her sister with a two-run home run in the third that also scored Abby Barno who had previously reached on an error.

As the fourth rolled around, Case tacked on three more runs to further the gap and establish a grip on the game.

In the top of the fifth, Joanna Catalano reached on an error that allowed Casey Moore to trot home, but the run would only prove to be consolation as the Spartans tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Kaitlyn Moore (3-6) was credited with the loss after allowing 11 hits and eight earned runs over 3.2 innings. Sidney Brannam (8-5) earned the win for Case.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

With the Moore sisters both hitting home runs in game two, the feat marked the second time in their three years at Heidelberg in which both Kaitlyn and Casey have homered in the same game. On May 5, 2018 in the OAC Tournament against Muskingum, both Kaitlyn and Casey homered in the same game.

Casey Moore now sits in a tie for fifth place on the Berg's all-time homer list, this time with Ashley Foust with 17 dingers. Kaitlyn Moore is hot on the trail as well, sitting in eighth all-time with 13.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Arisa Cleaveland collected six hits on the day, while Nicole Doyle added five of her own for the Spartans.

UP NEXT:

Once again, the Berg will play on short rest as they will return to conference play Thursday at 3 p.m. on the road at Muskingum. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played on Friday at Frann's Field, but was moved due to the impending weekend forecast in the Tiffin area.