4.19.12 SOFTBALL: Cavs Split With Notre Dame
Walsh split a doubleheader with hosting Notre Dame College in a pair of games important for both teams in determining who will host the Ohio Independent Championship tournament. The Falcons (15-17) won game one 5-4 in eight innings, while the Cavaliers (32-16) rebounded with a 7-2 game two win.
The first game was a heartbreaking loss for Walsh as they let a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth get away with one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Notre Dame scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Errors plagued the Cavaliers throughout the game, including the winning run which was unearned.
Calee Ruppel (Fr., Mogadore, OH/HS) had a strong game for the Cavs as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. The two RBI came on a homer in the sixth inning and put Walsh up 4-0. It was her fourth round-trip of the year.
Hanna Dodson (Fr., Newark, OH/Licking Valley) took the loss after coming on in relief of Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale) and is now 4-5 on the year. Dodson went 1.1 innings and allowed three hits. Ebert allowed four runs on five hits with six strikeouts against four walks in six innings of work.
The second game boded much better for the Cavs as they once again took a large lead, but this time they would hold onto it for the win. Walsh opened up the game with a run in the opening at-bat, then exploded for five runs in the fifth frame. The Falcons answered with a run in the sixth and both teams added runs in the seventh.
Kelsey Ford (Sr., Boardman, OH/HS)was responsible for hitting in two of the runs and was 2-for-3 overall in the game. Eryn Simon (So., Oregon, OH/Clay) was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored. Rachel Dedinsky (So., Cuyahoga Falls, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Chelsy Testa (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake) were both 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Ford also earned the win allowing just two runs on seven hits with two strike outs and one walk in seven innings of work. She is now 13-4 on the season.
Walsh will return to action at home tomorrow in a conference twin bill against Point Park in the final regular season games. The Cavs need to sweep in order to clinch a tie for the American Mideast Conference championship. It is also Dollar Dog Day with hot dogs being sold for $1. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.