LINDSBORG — The Swedes softball team split with (RV) Concordia in a midweek doubleheader. Bethany picked up the first game 12-10 before falling in the second, 10-6.
The Swedes got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Courtney Fudge, junior infielder, reached base on a fielder's choice that got out Emma Wager, sophomore outfielder.
Fudge then scored right away on Ciera Flores', freshman infielder, double down the left field line.
However, the Bulldogs had a big second inning scoring eight runs. The Swedes were able to answer in the bottom half of the inning with five of their own runs. First, Kylie McCoy, freshman designated player, singled up the middle. She then moved over on a Rayleen Castro, freshman infielder, single through the left side. Shannon Williams, sophomore outfielder, singled up the middle to score McCoy. In a first and third situation, Castro was able to steal her way home. Alaina Lawing, senior outfielder, then was able to get on base from a fielder's choice that got Williams out at second. Lawing moved over when Lexie Valentine, junior infielder, was hit by a pitch. The pair then moved to scoring position when Wager hit a ground ball to the right side. Fudge came up big with a two out double up the middle, scoring Lawing and Valentine. Fudge moved over to third on a wild pitch by Concordia, and scored on Elizabeth Endsley's, junior catcher, bloop to left field.
The Swedes added another five runs in the bottom of the third innings. Williams got on base from a fielder's choice that got Castro out at second. Valentine then reached base with a single up the middle setting up Wager for a bases clearing double to deep center. Wager scored on a Fudge single to shallow center field. Flores then rocketed a two-run homerun over the left field fence.
The Bulldogs were able to score one run in the top of the fifth inning.
Bethany added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Endsley singled to center before Zoe Levesque, junior pinch runner, came in to run for Endsley. Levesque moved over when Castro was hit by a pitch. She then scored on the next play when Williams singled down the left field line.
Concordia would manage one run in the top of the seventh before the Swedes were able to get out of the game with 12-10 win.
Six Swedes notched multiple hits in the first contest; Wager and Fudge each had three while Flores, Endlsey, Castro and Williams all had two apiece.
Jessica Armijo, senior pitcher, got the win for the Swedes allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Bethany kicked things off in game two scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and second innings. The Bulldogs weren't able to get on the board until the top of the fourth, but they were then able to score then next four innings. With one in the fourth, four in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh, the Swedes were facing a 10-4 deficit going into the bottom seventh. The Swedes were able to plate two runs, but they weren't able to finish off the comeback, falling 10-6.
Nicole Pendleton, senior catcher, went 3-for-3 to lead the Bethany offense. Williams and Fudge each added another two hits to the Swedes attack.
The Swedes face a long weekend ahead, traveling to Wichita, Kan. to play in the Friends University tournament. Bethany will play three games on Friday and two on Saturday.