Sydney Jones Breaks Single-Season Strikeout Record In Loss At Calvin

The Hope College softball team couldn't string together enough hits at Calvin on Friday, dropping both games of the doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 1-0.

The Flying Dutch stayed in both games behind strong pitching and an error-free day, but couldn't muster up enough offense to back it up.

The results move Hope's record to 20-10 overall and 8-2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. The Flying Dutch now trail Alma and Trine by one game in the standings.

In game one, Calvin hit a leadoff home run in the first inning that would end up being the only score of the game.

Hope threatened in the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th, putting runners in scoring position in all four of those innings, but could not come up with the timely hit they needed.

Sydney Jones fell to 11-4 on the season despite another strong outing. The pitcher from South Lyon, Michigan (East) threw six innings, giving up just six hits and the one run, while recording nine strikeouts.

Jones now has 157 strikeouts on the season — a single-season record for the Flying Dutch pitcher. She passed the previous mark of 156 by Andrea Adams in 2002.

The Hope offense was led by centerfielder Sammi Adams of Griffith, Indiana (Griffith) and shortstop Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer), who each had two hits.

In game two, the Flying Dutch were led by strong pitching performances by Shelby Steele of Eaton Rapids, Michigan (Eaton Rapids), who threw four innings, giving up just one run while striking out two, and Katie Singer of Howell, Michigan (Hartland), who pitched the remaining three innings without giving up a run.

The Dutch offense did not record any strikeouts in game two, but could combine for just five singles and one walk for the game.

Hope is back in action on Saturday, as they travel to St. Mary's (Ind.) to take on the Belles. Games are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422