MILWAUKEE – The Alverno softball team celebrated 'Senior Day' on Sunday afternoon, as the eight seniors on Alverno's roster were recognized following the conference doubleheader against Dominican. The team fell in the opener in six innings by an 11-2 score before dropping the second game by a 6-1 margin.
Following the second game Alverno recognized its senior class, as Samantha Chapnick, Carina Jimenez, Andie Vandertie, Mackenzie Mathies, Sam Korn, Dani Hood, Karli Selear, and Cailey Jeske were all recognized in an on-field celebration.
As for the games Alverno was led by Jimenez, who was the only Inferno to collect multiple hits on the day with a pair of single while also driving in one run and scoring a run as well. Five others added one hit apiece including the third home run of the season off the bat of junior Brandi Rice, which accounted for the second game's only run.
Mathies singled and also scored a run, while Chapnick doubled and picked up an RBI. Vandertie also had a base knock on the afternoon as did Hood, with a single in the second game.
Sophomore Lauren Greif got the start in the opener and went the distance as she went six innings and allowed just two extra-base hits during the outing. Freshman Natalie Akin started in the second game and struck out three batters over her three innings of work before Korn came on to pitch the final four innings, striking out two in that span.
In the opener, Dominican started the game with a two-run first inning to take an early lead before adding two more runs in the third to double its lead to four. Greif then worked her way out of trouble in the fourth inning as she stranded the bases full to bring the Inferno up to bat in the bottom of the fourth.
Mathies opened the bottom of the fourth with a single and moved up to second on an error, two batters later Mathies moved up to third on a ground out. Jimenez was up next and singled into left field allowing Mathies to score the first run of the game for Alverno. Chapnick then followed with a booming double to left field allowing Jimenez to score as the Inferno trimmed the lead in half at 4-2.
After a quick six-up and six-down fifth inning for both sides, Dominican exploded for seven runs on eight hits and an error to open up an 11-2 advantage before holding on to win by the identical score after setting down the Inferno in the bottom of the sixth.
It was once again Dominican to scratch across the game's first run in the top of the first as a hit batter, stolen base and two groundouts gave the Stars the early 1-0 lead.
After Akin got the third out of the inning via strikeout, Alverno came up to bat and Rice connected on a ball over the left field fence to tie the score at one.
Dominican added two more runs in the third and added another run in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Korn yielded two more runs in the sixth as the Stars opened up a five-run cushion at 6-1.
Alverno finished its season at 12-28 overall with a 2-20 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference record. The Inferno will look to retool and rebuild its roster in the offseason after losing eight student-athletes to graduation and eligibility exhaustion.