Softball Splits Day Two; Beats McKendree and Falls to No. 13 Lincoln Memorial

Kristen Bales
Kristen Bales

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Ohio Dominican's softball team once again split the day, this time beating McKendree 6-3 before falling to No. 13 Lincoln Memorial 11-1 in five innings in game two Sunday afternoon on the campus of LMU.

Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Ind.) led the Panthers with three hits on the day including the lone RBI in game two while three other Panthers had at least two hits including a 2-for-2 from Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) in game one with a pair of RBI's.

In the game one win over McKendree, the Panthers once again used a big inning to secure the win.

After the Bearcats scored in the first, a scoreless second inning for both teams and a scoreless top half of the third for McKendree, the Panthers scored four times in the bottom half to grab a lead they would not give up.

With two outs in the bottom half of the third, Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) walked to put runners on second and third and a Bales single allowed Emma Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio) to come score to tie the game at 1-1. Raemon Meents (Downers Grove, Ill.) then doubled down the left field line to bring in Bales and Barber for the Panthers to lead 3-1 and Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) singled to bring Meents home to cap the scoring in the inning for the Panthers.

McKendree would score once in the fifth and once in the sixth to make the score 4-3, but ODU was able to gather a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half of the sixth.

Again with two outs in the inning, Braxton Downs (Prospect, Ky.) singled to bring home fellow freshman Madison Shemwell (Owensboro, Ky.) and a Bales double brought Downs home for the second insurance run.

Freshman Olivia Rettke (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) earned her first career win going 5.2 innings giving up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Barber picked up her first save of the year not allowing a hit in the final 1.1 innings.

In game two, LMU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning but the Panthers were able to get a run back in the third. After a Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) double where she was able to advance to third on an error, a Hackerd single through the right side scored Farmer for the lone run of the game.

With a 4-1 lead, the Railsplitters would score seven times in the bottom half of the fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth inning would finish the game.

The Panthers, now 2-4 overall, will be back on the diamond when they travel to the the Midwest Regional Crossover hosted by Southern Indiana next Saturday and Sunday.