Swanton softball hosted Evergreen last Monday in an NWOAL contest, falling to the Vikings in five innings, 13-1.
“We are continuing to come together, hopefully at the right time of the year with a couple big league games left and of course the tournament coming up,” said Evergreen coach Todd Momany.
Swanton’s only tally came in the bottom of the fifth when Haley Nelson singled and later scored on Hayley McMahan’s base hit.
The Vikings got all the runs they needed in the second inning, hanging a four spot on the Bulldogs.
Andrea Smithmyer started the inning with a base hit and after a force play at second and a passed ball, Grace Bryson’s RBI-single put the Vikings on top.
Freshman Kelsie Komisarek followed with a run scoring single and after a Becca Jankowiak single and Rachael Noe walk, Eden Eisel ripped a base hit to score a third Viking run before a force play marked another tally.
Eisel was far from done for the night as she led off the fourth with a ringing double and scored on Brittany Werner’s base hit to make it 5-0. Pinch-runner Heidi Fritsch came around to score on Jamie VanLoocke’s single to give the Vikes a 6-0 lead.
One inning later, Evergreen hung seven on the board as Eisel rammed an RBI-triple, Rachael Finney, Van Loocke and Bryson each had hits to mark a run, and Jankowiak doubled home two more. Furthermore, Eisel finished the same rally she started with a run scoring single, her fourth hit of the game.
Noe picked up the win in the circle, allowing just four hits and striking out three.
With the loss, Swanton falls to 2-6 in the NWOAL. However, they responded the next night by defeating Toledo Christian at home by a final of 4-3.
The Dogs kick-off tournament play Tuesday when they host Ottawa Hills at 5 p.m. in a Division III sectional semifinal. The winner takes on second seed Archbold Friday. Also on Friday, Evergreen will host Delta for the sectional crown.
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