3.30.14 SOFTBALL: Cavs Split With Lakers

Softball, 2014-03-30

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) - Walsh and Grand Valley split a softball twinbill on sunny, yet chilly, Sunday afternoon twin bill. The Cavaliers (11-10, 1-3) won the first game in exciting walk-off fashion in a 3-2 win. The Lakers (12-5, 1-1), who started their conference schedule today, won the back end of the doubleheader 1-0.

The Cavs opened lit up the scoreboard first in a low-scoring day with a couple of runs after three consecutive singles in the second inning of Game 1. Jordan Monnot (Fr., Louisville, OH/HS) and Rachel Dedinsky (Sr., Cuyahoga Falls, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) both crossed the plate on the last of those two consecutive singles by Anna Reusser (Fr., Orrville, OH/HS) and Anna Anderson (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS).

The Lakers eventually tied the game up at 2-2 after Tonya Calkins doubled to left center to score two runners. 

That set up the exciting finish in the bottom of the seventh. As Grand Valley faced the top of Walsh’s order in the final frame, Chelsy Testa (Sr., Uniontown, OH/Lake) helped the Cavs make quick work to end the game. She led off the inning with a triple that sailed over the right fielder’s head to the fence. Two batters later, Sam Troxell (Jr., Cuyahoga Falls, OH/HS/Youngstown State) laid down a bunt down the first base line. The Lakers’ attempt to get the ball to the catcher was high and wide as Testa slid into home for the game-winning run.

Offenses for both teams struggled in Game 2 as the only run that was scored came in the bottom of the first. Grand Valley’s Jenna Lenza led off with a single through the right side. She later scored on a ground out to third base three batters later.

Walsh had an excellent opportunity to tie the game in the seventh as the first two runners advanced to first and second base safely. It was as far as the Cavs could get as the next three batters grounded into a fielder’s choice, flew out to left field, and struck out looking to end the game. 

Casi Rohr (Jr., Massillon, OH/Perry/Toledo) started both games and went the distance each time. She allowed the three runs on eight hits with 16 strikeouts against just four walks. The eight hits were split equally between the two games and she reached double-digits in strikeouts with 10 in the opening game.

The Cavs won’t have any time off as they play in their second of four consecutive home doubleheaders against Ferris State tomorrow. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. after Lake Erie and Grand Valley finish up a doubleheader on Walsh’s field tomorrow.