MILWAUKEE – The Alverno softball team hosted the Concordia Wisconsin Falcons on Monday afternoon to kick off its 2019 home conference schedule. The Inferno fell in the opener to the Falcons by an 11-6 score, game two had started on Monday but was suspended due to the lack of daylight, ultimately it was the Falcons to come out on top in game two in the conclusion on Tuesday by the score of 13-3.
Alverno hit four home runs on the afternoon including a pair by senior Andie Vandertie, who was also tied with freshman Natalie Akin for the team-lead in RBIs with three apiece on the afternoon. Akin along with junior Sara Redlin also hit home runs for the Inferno. For Redlin, it was her first career round-tripper, which came late in the second game.
Akin led the team with four hits on the day, while Vandertie was second on the afternoon with three hits. Alverno also had multi-hit efforts from both sophomore Lauren Greif and classmate Kaitlynn Schmick. Seniors Carina Jimenez and Mackenzie Mathies both had hits on the afternoon.
Schmick got the start in the circle in the opener and went the distance as she struck out four batters over her seven innings of work. Senior Sam Korn started the second game and struck out one batter while going the first 4 1/3 innings before the game was called for darkness. Greif came on to pitch on Tuesday and got the final two outs while striking out one and allowing just one hit during her outing.
Concordia Wisconsin jumped out to a quick three-run lead in the top of the first before tacking on solo runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 5-0 advantage.
Alverno was only able to muster one baserunner through the first three innings before Schmick got a rally started in the bottom of the fourth with a single. Akin was up next a drilled a pitch over the left centerfield fence to cut the Falcon lead to three. The next batter was Vandertie, who followed with a solo jack to left centerfield to get the Inferno back within two at 5-3.
The Falcons got their five-run lead back over the next two innings with a solo run in the top of the fifth and another two in the top of the sixth inning. Alverno got one-out walks in both the fifth and sixth innings while Vandertie also reached on an infield single in the sixth but the Inferno were unable to close the gap.
In the seventh inning, Concordia Wisconsin tallied three runs on three solo home runs to put the game out of reach with an 11-3 advantage.
Alverno refused to go down without a fight as Korn started off the inning by reaching on a dropped third strike passed ball, Mathies and junior Brandi Rice followed with walks to load the bases. Jimenez then followed and reached on a fielding error as each baserunner moved up one spot to plate the fourth Alverno run.
Two batters later the Inferno got another run as a wild pitch allowed Rice to score before Akin knocked an opposite field single to bring home Jimenez with the sixth Alverno run. Despite momentum shifting to the Inferno, the rally was ended by a game-ending double play.
The second game started with the Falcons breaking through against Korn in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly to take the early 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the inning saw Alverno take its first lead of the game as Akin led off with a one-out infield single, followed by a two-run home run by Vandertie to put Alverno ahead by one at 2-1.
Concordia Wisconsin was able to tie the game at two on a timely single before Alverno went down in order in the second. Both teams threatened in the third, including the Inferno as Mathies led off with a single followed by a base knock off the bat of Akin, however a double play ended the Alverno rally in the bottom of the third.
The Falcons jumped back ahead into the lead with a two-run fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead before Alverno came up in the bottom half. Schmick led off with a single, followed by a base knock off the bat of Jimenez. Greif then singled to load the bases. However, the Falcon arm was able to retire the next there Alverno batters to strand the bases full.
With the sun setting over the third base dugout, the time was working against the Inferno and Korn in the circle. The Falcon bats came to life to add to their lead with eight runs in the top of the fifth before the game was suspended due to the lack of light left at Alverno Field.
As the game resumed on Tuesday afternoon with the Falcons leading by a 12-2 score, Greif came on and allowed one of Korn's inherited runners to score as Concordia led by 11.
With the fresh day, Redlin was also re-entered into the game and launched her first career home run over the left field fence to lead off the fifth inning and give Alverno its third run of the game. The home run was all Concordia gave up as the next three Inferno batters were retired.