By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
DAYTON, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – After a nine-day break from action due to Wisconsin’s long winter, the Green Bay softball team (9-17, 3-5 HL) played its first contests since April 4th in a doubleheader at Wright State. The three-game series against the Raiders was originally scheduled to be played in Green Bay, but was moved to Dayton, Ohio because of the weather and poor field conditions. The Phoenix, acting as the home team on Wright State’s diamond, split with the Raiders with an 8-7 win in game two after dropping game one 8-6. The win in game two was a milestone for the Phoenix, as the team picked up its 500th victory in program history.
Game 1: Wright State 8, Green Bay 6
The Phoenix held a 5-3 lead heading into the final inning, but a five-run seventh inning from the Raiders and five errors on the day helped Wright State come back for an 8-6 win in game one.
The Raiders started things off in the top of the first with an RBI single and later tacked on a second run after a throwing error from the Phoenix. Green Bay replied with a two-run inning of its own to knot the score at 2-2 after one. Sophomore Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) evened the score with a two-RBI homer to left center, her third home run of the year.
With nobody out in the second inning, freshman Alyssa Johnson (Elmhurst, Ill.) used a bunt to bring home senior Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) from third. Senior Jess Hrncar (Bristol, Wis.) hit into a fielder’s choice two plays later, scoring junior Gabrielle Cassady (Janesville, Wis.) to push the lead to 4-2.
Junior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) knotched her second homer of the year with a solo shot in the fifth inning, giving Green Bay a 5-2 advantage. From there, however, Wright State’s bats became red-hot.
The Raiders scored six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take an 8-5 advantage, starting with one run in the sixth inning after a throwing error.
In the top of the seventh, Wright State tacked on five runs with three straight doubles. The first of three brought home three runners, while the second and third doubles each brought home an additional runner to push the lead to 8-5.
Green Bay was able to add one run in the final half-inning on an RBI double from freshman Kelli Hutchinson (Milwaukee, Wis.), but was unable to overcome the deficit and suffered the 8-6 defeat.
Freshman Briana Cavin (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) pitched 6 1/3 innings in the loss (3-6), giving up nine hits and seven runs with five earned. She added two strikeouts while walking just one batter on the afternoon. Sophomore Lauren Danner (Kaukauna, Wis.) pitched the final 2/3 inning with one earned run.
Peerenboom went 2-3 with a run and a walk, while Hutchinson went 2-4 with an RBI and Reinke went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Mohrfeld finished 1-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Johnson and Hrncar each added an RBI.
Game 2: Green Bay 8, Wright State 7
The Phoenix picked up its 500th win in program history in game two after holding off a late rally from the Raiders for an 8-7 win.
Green Bay finished with just six hits on the afternoon, but made each of them count. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Phoenix took advantage of three walks to load the bases and go to work. Junior Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bags loaded, bringing home Peerenboom to tie the game at 1-1. Michalkiewicz followed her with an RBI single to give Green Bay a 2-1 lead, and a fielding error by the right fielder on the next play allowed three runners to cross home plate for a 5-1 advantage.
Junior Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) gave the Phoenix a 7-1 lead with a two RBI homer in the third inning before Wright State’s offense woke up in the fourth.
The Raiders cut the lead to 7-5 after four runs on three hits in the top of the fourth inning, but Johnson replied with her fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 8-5. With the homer, the freshman slugger has four on the season—tied for seventh in the program’s history for home runs in a season.
Wright State tacked on a final run in the sixth, but the Phoenix held on to seal its 500th win. Senior Allison Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) picked up the win in 5 1/3 innings of work with eight hits and seven runs with five earned. She also had five strikeouts and five walks. Junior Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief while only giving up one hit.
Getting the start behind the plate, Shannon Butts finished 1-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Johnson wasn’t too far behind with a 1-2 day, two runs and an RBI. Peerenboom finished 1-2 with two runs scored, while Michalkiewicz went 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Green Bay will close out the three-game series tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST in Dayton, Ohio.
For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics, please visit GreenBayPhoenix.com.
Follow us on Twitter: @GBPhoenix, @GBPhoenixSB and @JustinGrones
Like Green Bay Phoenix Athletics and Green Bay Softball on Facebook.