A sparkling performance on the mound from Sydney Jones and a furious rally in a final at-bat paved the way for the Hope College softball team to two season-opening victories in Leesburg, Florida on Friday.
The Flying Dutch defeated Lake Forest, Illinois 2-0, then North Park, Illinois 8-7 in nonleague play.
Against Lake Forest, Jones opened the day for the Flying Dutch by firing a two-hit shutout. The junior from South Lyon, Michigan (East HS) struck out 11 and walked two.
Against North Park, Hope answered a three-run top of the sixth that the Flying Dutch down 7-4w with a four-run rally in its at-bat.
Second baseman Sierra Mutschler of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland) delivered a two-run single during the rally.
Reitsma also contributed a two-run double in the third.
Hope returns to action on Saturday, March 18 with games against Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Buena Vista, Iowa in Clermont, Florida.