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Grace drops pair of one-run games

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Two low-scoring games went against Grace’s softball team on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers fell to Concordia 3-2 and 2-1 at Coach Phil Dick Field. Tuesday’s doubleheader marked the home opener for Grace; it was Grace’s first games at home since April 27, 2019.

Grace led in both games but failed to maintain its lead.

In the opener, the Lady Lancers’ offense was electric in the opening inning. Grace had three doubles in the bottom of the first inning. Jeri Ellis, Jessica Kaurich and Britney Young all doubled, helping the Lady Lancers to a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Grace, the team did not record a hit for the final six innings.

The Cardinals were patient, tallying one run in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth inning to sneak away with a 3-2 win.

The Lady Lancers did have a few baserunners thanks to walks, but Grace was unable to score again.

The closest Grace came to scoring was in the fifth inning. Carly Ruiz drew a leadoff walk. Lauren Byrer entered as a pinch runner and promptly stole second and third base. But she was stranded at third as the next three batters were retired for Grace.

Dori Knight pitched the full seven innings, allowing only six hits and one earned run with one walk.

The script was similar in the second game. Grace got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

Kaurich hit a two-out double, and she eventually raced home to score off a batted ball from Young.

Young nearly doubled Grace’s lead in the third with a deep fly ball that cleared the fence, but her blast flew a few feet left of the left-field foul pole.

Concordia stayed true to form in the second game, scoring a single run in the fifth and sixth innings to pull ahead 2-1.

Grace had chances to tie the score thanks to a sixth-inning double by Young and a seventh-inning double from Emily Revercomb. But the Cardinals refused to let the baserunners advance, holding on for the narrow 2-1 win.

Madison Bremer threw a complete game. She allowed just two runs and eight hits while fanning four.

The Lady Lancers are scheduled to play at Roosevelt on Thursday before returning home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Midway.