YORK, Neb. – The Swedes softball team picked up a road split today at York College. Bethany won the first game 7-3 before falling 5-2 in game two.
The Swedes started this one off with two outs in the first inning. Alyssa Montoya, senior infielder, singled up the middle before stealing her way to second and moving to third on a Panther error. This set Montoya up to score on a Ciera Flores, freshman infielder, single to short stop.
However, York answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. The Swedes would take the lead back in the top of the third when Montoya led things off with a walk before again stealing her way over to second. Flores then singled to right field, scoring Montoya. Later, Shannon Williams, sophomore outfielder, reached on a walk and moved into scoring position on Rayleen Castro's, freshman designated player, fielder's choice. Williams then score on Lexie Valentine's, junior infielder, singled through the left side.
Bethany added another run in the top of the fourth inning when Courtney Fudge, junior infielder, hit a triple and scored on Emma Wager's, sophomore outfielder, ground ball to the right side.
In the top of the seventh, the Swedes added three insurance runs to their claim starting with a Flores double. She then moved to third on Elizabeth Endsley's, junior catcher, single through the left side. Zoe Levesque, junior pinch runner, came in to run for Endsley and moved to second on stolen base in the first and third situation that brought in Flores, who also earned a stolen base on the plat. Levesque moved to third on a ground ball by Williams before scoring on a Castro single down the right field line. Kelli DeCrow, freshman pinch runner, came in for Castro and moved to third on Valentine's double down the right field line. DeCrow then scored on Brianna Womack's, sophomore pinch hitter, ground ball to the right side.
While the Panthers would score two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Swedes would hold off the rally and take the win.
Flores went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in during the game, while Valentine, Montoya and Fudge each added two hits apiece.
Ashley Nava, sophomore pitcher, earned the win in the circle. She threw six complete innings, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits. Lauren Quintana, sophomore pitcher, came in to close things out allowing zero runs on no hits in one complete inning of work.
Again the Swedes started things early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Fudge was hit by a pitch before moving to second on Wager's single to left field. Montoya then moved the pair with a sacrifice bunt. This set up Flores for a single down the right field line.
However, after this the Swedes would go cold not scoring a run through the remainder of the game while York scored one in the first before plating four in the bottom of the fifth.
Wager and Montoya were the only Swedes with multiple hits in the game with two each.
Marisa Jervis, junior pitcher, took the loss allowing five runs, four earned on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Again, Quintana came in, allowing zero runs on no hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The Swedes are slated to host Ottawa University in a double header beginning at 1 p.m. on April 7.