MILWAUKEE – The Alverno softball team hosted the Benedictine Eagles on the Alverno Softball Field on Monday afternoon and dropped both ends of the conference doubleheader, falling in the opener by the score of 13-4 before falling 18-3 in the second game.
Offensively Alverno had seven hits on the afternoon with three coming off the bat of sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick. Seniors Samantha Chapnick and Mackenzie Mathies both had two singles apiece while four others had hits on the day. Collecting hits were seniors Carina Jimenez, Sam Korn, and Andie Vandertie, while freshman Natalie Akin also had one hit.
The Inferno did hit a pair of home runs on the afternoon as well, with Vandertie's knock coming in the opener, while Akin launched a pitch over the fence in the night cap. For both Vandertie and Akin, it was their fourth home run of the season apiece.
Akin led the team with two RBIs on the day, while Vandertie, Schmick and sophomore Lauren Greif all had RBIs. Seven players scored one run apiece on the day as Chapnick, Jimenez, Vandertie and Akin all scored one, along with senior Dani Hood and juniors Sara Redlin and Brandi Rice.
Schmick got the start in the opener and went the distance as she tossed six innings and struck out a pair while yielding all 13 Eagle runs. Greif started in the second game and then re-entered after Korn took over. On the game Greif fanned one batter while yielding seven earned runs, while Korn hurled two innings and allowed eight earned runs.
Schmick set down the side in order in the top of the first inning before ultimately helping herself out in the bottom of the inning with a run-scoring single to chase Rice home, who walked to lead the inning off.
Benedictine wrestled the lead back in the top of the second with a two-run single. Alverno got a runner to third on a two-base error and a bunt single but the next two batters were retired to send the game to the third. Benedictine tacked on two more runs in the top of the third on a two-run double to open up a 4-1 advantage.
Vandertie knocked a one-out home run to centerfield to cut the lead in half before Schmick singled before Chapnick also singled to put two runners on. Up next was Greif who sent a ball into the air in left field that was dropped before moving to second on a throwing error allowing two runs to score to even the game at four apiece.
As the game progressed into the fourth the leadoff batter sent a line drive home run down the left field line to put the Eagles back out in front. Benedictine added three more runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to put the game away and runaway with the 13-4 win.
In game two the Eagles jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on solo home runs, Benedictine added five more runs in the second inning to take an eight-run lead.
Schmick led off the bottom of the second with a base knock into the gap, Jimenez then singled to put two runners on before Chapnick singled to load the bases. Up next was Akin, who skied a ball into the outfield for a sacrifice fly with Alverno's first run of the game. Greif then followed with a groundout to plate Jimenez with the second run of the inning as Alverno closed the gap to 8-2.
As the game moved forward, so too did Benedictine's lead as the Eagles four in the third and six in the fourth before going scoreless in the fifth with an 18-2 lead.
Alverno came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth and Akin was up first, as she launched a solo home run over the left centerfield fence to cap off the scoring on the afternoon at 18-3.
Alverno (9-15, 0-8 NACC) will be on the road for the first time in the month of April this Saturday, when the Inferno visit the Lakeland Muskies for a 12 p.m. conference doubleheader.