Lincoln, IL – The Lincoln College Softball team lost a heart breaker Monday afternoon. An extra inning game that lead to the international tie breaker in the 8th and 9th innings posed to be too much for the Lady Lynx. According to Coach Wurth, “We were one run away from continuing the game to the 10th inning. With the international tie breaker, the offensive team places a runner on second base at the start of play per half inning. Offensively, we battled back 2 times late in the game to tie and push game into extra innings.”
Melissa Crivokapich lead off the 7th inning for the Lynx with a single to left field. Taylor Hewitt and Sydne Bryant drew walks and Lexi Ballard came up with a huge base hit to score Hewitt and Bryant. Then in the 8th inning the Lynx rallied back yet again scoring 4 runs to tie the game. With Kate Snyder starting on 2nd base (international tie breaker) Erica Jordan lead off with a single, scored Snyder. Melissa Crivokapich added a single. With runners at second and third base, Lexi Litwiller singled to score Jordan. With runners at second and third, Taylor Hewitt hit a blazing double to score Crivokapich and Litwiller to tie the game. JWCC answered with a perfectly executed bunt and run to score in the 9th inning. The Lynx weren’t able to execute the sacrifice bunt in their half of the inning. Coach Wurth said, “It is crucial to get a sacrifice bunt down in that lead off position to move the runner to 3rd. Unfortunately, we stranded our ‘tie breaker’ runner at second base in the bottom of the inning”. Final Score: 9-8 after 9 complete innings of play. Erica Jordan (3-7) took the loss for the Lynx. Jordan completed 8 innings of work allowing 8 hits and striking out 4 batters. Kelsey Prater came in the top of the 9th inning to finish off the game.
During the nightcap, Lincoln College’s Kelsey Prater and John Wood’s Julie Schultz had a pitching duel going for 7 complete innings. LC came up short losing 3-1. “Prater (2-7) threw the best game of her sophomore year to date. She was on fire,” noted Coach Wurth. Prater allowed 5 hits, walked one and struck out 12 JWCC batters. Coach Wurth added, “Everything was working for ‘Kentucky’. She was throwing very hard hitting 60-62 MPH (equivalent to a 90-92mph baseball pitch) and was hitting her spots. All of her spins were working well, especially her rise ball. She threw too well to lose but hopefully her confidence is back and she continues throwing like she is capable for the remainder of our season.” Offensively, the Lynx struggled against a very tough JWCC pitcher who displayed lot of movement striking out 9 Lynx hitters and only allowing 2 hits. The hits came from Lexi Litwiller and Lexi Ballard (RBI) in the 4th inning.
Upcoming games this week:
Wed 4/9 HOME vs Millikin 2pm
Thurs 4/10 HOME vs Parkland 3pm
Sat 4/12 at John Wood 1pm
Sun 4/13 HOME vs LLCC 1pm