Softball Win Streak Snapped in Doubleheader Defeats to Hope
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
On a six-game win streak, the Knights looked to continue their strong defense against the rival Dutch of Hope College. Calvin’s win streak came to an end however as the Knights were swept by Hope by scores of 11-3 and 9-6.
The first game started out as grim as the overcast weather. The Flying Dutch offense led off with a double. That runner was brought in on a base hit before a two-run home run during the next at-bat brought the score to 3-0 Hope. Moments later, with two more on base, another home run brought the score to 6-0 before Calvin had recorded an out. A pitching change brought freshman Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) to the circle, and the Knights made their way out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.
The Flying Dutch added an insurance run in the top of the second to push their advantage to 7-0.
Calvin responded with a run of its own as junior Hannah DeWeerd (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) continued her strong hitting with a home run to the left field in the bottom of the second.
In the bottom of the third, another home run by Calvin, this one a two-run shot by senior Marie Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS), closed the deficit to 7-3.
Over the next two innings, Hope plated four more runs and shut down the Knights to earn the 11-3 mercy rule win after five innings.
The Knights totaled six hits in game one, two each from freshmen Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) and Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Prins was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Hope junior Jess Kohloff pitched all five innings for the Flying Dutch while going 2-for-3 from the plate with four RBI.
In game number two, a pair of runs in the bottom of the first gave the Flying Dutch an early 2-0. The Knights responded with a run as a leadoff triple by freshman Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) set up a RBI single by freshman Nicole Weener (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS).
After two scoreless innings, Calvin took its first lead of the doubleheader as a Prins single brought in a run. The Knights then loaded the bases, and a base-clearing double by DeWeerd brought in three more runs to give Calvin the 5-2 lead.
But, Hope responded with seven runs over the next two innings, five in the bottom of the sixth, to claim the second game of the doubleheader 9-6 and earn the sweep. The pair of losses drops the Knights to 3-6 in MIAA play and 11-17 overall. Hope is now 6-6 in conference and 14-16 overall.
Calvin outhit the Flying Dutch 10-9, but errors on the part of the Knights allowed the Dutch to make the most of their opportunities, scoring three unearned runs. DeWeerd and Prins went 2-for-4 for Calvin, with DeWeerd adding three RBI and Prins chipping in one RBI and a run scored.
Hope’s Brooke Nienhuis went 3-for-4 for the the Flying Dutch, scoring three runs and adding two RBI while Emma Page was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
“Game one we came out a little flat, game two we came out and were ready to play, we played better, we just couldn’t put the final hammer down,” said Head Coach Sharon DeKleine.
Calvin’s next game comes against MIAA leader and nationally ranked Trine on Saturday, with the first game slated to start at 1:00 pm.