MILWAUKEE – On Saturday, senior Samantha Chapnick became the third member of the Alverno softball team to record her 100th career hit, doing so in the sixth inning of the opening game against the Edgewood Eagles. The Inferno dropped both games of the doubleheader to the Eagles falling by a 6-5 score in the opener before falling 5-0 in game two.
In addition to Chapnick's single, Alverno had a three-hit effort by senior Carina Jimenez, which included a pair of doubles as she drove in one and scored a run. Senior Andie Vandertie led the team with two RBIs on the day, while also picking up a pair of hits. Senior Mackenzie Mathies and freshman Natalie Akins also had two-hit days, while Mathies scored a run and Akin drove in one from the dish.
Junior Brandi Rice and sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick both had hits on the day, while Rice also added two more walks to her season ledger. Sophomore Lauren Greif picked up one RBI and also walked twice on the afternoon. Rice also had the Inferno's lone stolen base of the day.
Schmick got the start in the opener and went the distance while striking out a pair and scattering seven hits over as many innings of work. Akin also went the distance in the second game and tossed seven innings while striking out three, yielding just two earned runs.
Edgewood jumped on the board early in the top of the first inning as the first three batters reached, two batters later a groundout brought home the game's opening run before Schmick stranded a pair on base.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second, Alverno got a leadoff walk by Vandertie, who was then pinch ran for by junior Sara Redlin. Jimenez doubled to the opposite field to put a pair in scoring position but the next three were retired to send the game to the third.
Hood got the bottom of the third started with a leadoff walk, followed by a single off the bat of Rice. Mathies then followed with an infield single to load the bases. Two batters later, Vandertie pushed a ball to the opposite field to plate a pair of runners to put the Inferno ahead 2-1. Jimenez then launched a high fly ball to centerfield that allowed Mathies to score on the sacrifice fly to put Alverno up by two.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings by both sides the first batter for the Eagles reached on an error and moved up to second on a wild pitch. The next batter doubled to pull Edgewood back within one. After a groundout the next batter walked and then stole second to put two in scoring position before a double drove in two more runs to put the Eagles back on top at 4-3.
Alverno wrestled the lead back in the bottom of the sixth as Jimenez doubled into the right centerfield gap and was brought around on an RBI single by Akin. Chapnick was up next and reached on her 100th career hit to put a pair of runners on before a wild pitch moved them both into scoring position. Greif then followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Inferno ahead 5-4 but Edgewood was able to avoid further damage by getting two of the last three batters of the inning.
In the seventh, Edgewood took the lead right back with a pair of runs in the top half to take a 6-5 advantage.
Alverno did get a leadoff single by Schmick in the bottom of the inning, but the Inferno could do no more damage as Schmick was left stranded on first as Edgewood picked up the win.
After a quick first two innings that saw one runner stranded on base for each side through the first six outs, Edgewood stranded one more runner in the third while Alverno threatened and left a pair on base in the bottom half of the inning.
Edgewood broke the closely contested battle in the top of the fourth with a two-run single before Alverno was retired in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the fifth the Eagles added three more runs on a run-scoring double and a two-run home run to extend their lead to 5-0.
Alverno's bats went down in order in the fifth, before Vandertie broke a hitless drought for the team with a single in the sixth with two outs.
Edgewood put two more runners on base in the seventh, but Akin left the pair stranded, while Alverno went down quietly in the seventh as the Eagles held on for the win.
Alverno (9-23, 0-16 NACC) will look to get back on track this Monday, when the team visits Rockford for a date with the Regents beginning at 3 p.m.