St. Catharine, Ky. -- For the second time in six days the Patriot softball team (11-7) took on Indiana Southeast on Friday afternoon at Salt River Electric Field.
Last Sunday the two teams split a twinbill in Fort Wayne, Indiana and this time around they got the same result as the Patriots came from behind to win the opener 7-6 in eight innings, but they fell in the nightcap as the Grenadiers (6-9) won 12-3 in five innings.
Game 1: St. Catharine 7, Indiana Southeast 6
In the opener the Patriots had some late inning heroics thanks to Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and Kolbi Mitchell (Winchester, Ky.). Gravens tied the game up in the seventh when she blasted a three-run home run setting up Mitchell who had the walk-off RBI single.
Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) moved to 7-2 on the season in circle with the win. Wickline tossed seven innings allowing six runs on 11 hits. Casey Grant (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) pitched in one inning and didn’t allow a hit.
The Grenadiers scored one run in the first and four in the third taking a 5-0 lead to the bottom of the third, where the Patriots got on the board thanks to the long ball.
Lynsie Clark (Morgantown, Ky.) led the inning off with a single, then Jennifer Ortega (Delano, Calif.) belted a two-run home run. Taylor Lewis (Spring, Texas) then made it back-to-back jacks with a solo shot to center cutting the deficit to 5-3 after three innings complete.
The Grenadiers scored one in the fourth making it 6-3, but the Patriots battled back with three in the seventh tying the game up at six. Wickline led the inning off with a single, Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.) then worked a walk setting up Gravens who blasted a three-run shot.
Wickline then re-entered the game in the eighth inning and got some help from her defense as they gunned down the go-ahead at the plate to keep the game tied at 6-6. Kolbi Mitchell then saved the day when she drove in the game-winning run making it 7-6.
Game 2: St. Catharine 3, Indiana Southeast 12
The second game didn’t go as well for the Patriots as Indiana Southeast was able to salvage the twinbill with the 12-3 victory. Lexi Fugate (Bedford, Ky.) suffered her first loss of the season falling to 2-1. Fugate allowing eight runs on 12 hits in 3.2 innings in the circle.
Meghan Wolford (Louisville, Ky.) tossed two-thirds of an inning in the circle and allowed three runs on three hits. Grant pitched the other .2 innings and allowed one run on two hits.
The Grenadiers got on the board first with two runs on three hits in the second inning. The Patriots cut the lead in half with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Carly Benz (Brooks, Ky.) blasted her third home run of the year to put her team on the board.
St. Catharine tied it up in the third inning with an RBI double from Kelsey Gravens. The tie didn’t last long as the Grenadiers scored six in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a 12-2 lead.
The Patriots needed at lead three runs in the bottom half inning if they wanted to extend the game past five innings. They managed to get one run on a sac fly by Carly Benz, but that’s all they got as the Grenadiers sealed the split with the 12-3 victory.
Up next: St. Catharine will first travel to Asbury (Ky.) on Wednesday for a doubleheader before they open Mid-South Conference play on the road in Williamsburg, Ky. where they will take on Cumberlands (Ky.) in a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday of next week.