Phoenix Outscores Youngstown State 17-6 in Doubleheader
CANFIELD, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (23-22, 9-13 HL) softball team opened its final series of the 2011 season sweeping Youngstown State (22-23, 5-15 HL) 4-3 and 13-3 in its doubleheader of the three game series. The Phoenix outscored the Penguins 17-6 while hitting five home runs throughout 13 innings.
Game 1 - Green Bay 4, Youngstown State 3 - The Phoenix scored three runs in the top of the third before adding one in the top of the seventh to hold on for the win. Danielle Peerenboom (Kimberly, Wis.) started the scoring with an RBI double to left field before scoring Jessica Hrncar (Bristol, Wis.) for the 1-0 lead. Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) scored Peerenboom with an RBI single up the middle to boost the Green Bay lead to 2-0. The Phoenix finished the inning with two runs on two hits and one error while stranding one runner on base.
Green Bay scored its only run of the fourth inning with a lead-off home run by Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) to give the Phoenix the 3-0 lead. The Phoenix had two hits while stranding three runners on base.
The Penguins scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to knot the game 3-3 with two home runs.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Rivera hit her sixth home run of the season with a solo shot to right center field, giving the Phoenix the final 4-3 lead.
Green Bay scored its four runs off eight hits with Rivera going 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs. Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.) improved to 11-11 pitching her 11th complete game of her senior campaign.
Game 2 - Green Bay 13, Youngstown State 3 - Youngstown State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Green Bay scored seven runs in the top of the second inning. Catcher Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) led off the scoring with her second home run of the season before Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) followed with an RBI triple to center field. Cassie Scheel (Hartland, Wis.) flied out to left field, scoring Reinke to tie the game 2-2.
Green Bay took the 3-2 lead with an RBI single from Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) scoring Haley Andrews (Kirkland, Wash.). With two outs, senior Kendra Woepse (Manitowoc, Wis.) hit her fifth home run of the season with a grand slam, boosting the Phoenix lead to 7-2.
Youngstown State added one run in the bottom of the fourth before the Phoenix added three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to close the game with the 13-3 win. Scheel hit a two-run homer in the fifth while Rivera hit an RBI single scoring Junion. Green Bay's three runs in the fifth came off five hits while the Phoenix stranded three runners.
Junion hit an RBI sac fly in the sixth scoring Newtols and boosting the Phoenix lead to 11-3. Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.) hit a two-run RBI single to center field as Green Bay's three runs came off two hits, sealing the win in six innings of play.
Green Bay finished the contest with 15 hits and no errors while Ali Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) picked up her second win of the season pitching three innings while striking out three batters for the Phoenix.
The three-game series will wrap up Sunday at 11 a.m.