Softball Swept By Calvin

by Greg Chandler

The Hope College softball team held early leads in both ends of their doubleheader with Calvin College Saturday, but could not hold onto either as the Flying Dutch were swept, 9-2 and 6-2, at Wolters Stadium.

The losses ended a four-game Hope winning streak. The Flying Dutch fell to 2-2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play and 14-6 overall.

In the opener, the Flying Dutch grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the second inning.

Sophomore catcher Morgann Kanouse of Cadillac, Michigan (Cadillac HS) drew a leadoff walk. Junior Amanda Diaz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein HS), pinch-running for Kanouse, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Calvin throwing error.

Freshman pitcher Chloe Haskins of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton HS) made that lead stand up for awhile, holding Calvin scoreless over the first four innings with the help of several outstanding defensive plays by her teammates.

However, the Knights exploded for seven runs on six hits in the fifth inning, and added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Meanwhile, Hope was limited to four hits, two of them in the seventh when they scored their other run. Junior outfielder Jordan Diaz of Naperville, Illinois (Neuqua Valley HS) scored on a groundout by sophomore outfielder Savannah Dixon of Niles, Michigan (Edwardsburg HS).

Haskins fell to 6-2 on the season with the loss, allowing five hits and two runs in 4-1/3 innings. Three Hope relievers gave up seven runs on seven hits.

In game two, the Flying Dutch jumped on top in the first inning when senior designated player Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer HS) doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore outfielder Jo Cook of Birch Run, Michigan (Birch Run HS) and scored on Dixon's sacrifice fly to left, giving Hope a 1-0 lead.

But Calvin took a 2-1 lead in the second on a two-run homer by Grace Stock, her second of the day, off sophomore pitcher Megan Soderbloom of Dowagiac, Michigan (Dowagiac HS). The Knights added two more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Hope's only other run came in the fifth when Jordyn Diaz reached on an error, stole second and third, and scored when Cook singled up the middle.

The Flying Dutch were held to four hits in the nightcap by Calvin pitcher Ellie Borst.

Soderbloom took the loss in game two, falling to 2-1 on the season. She gave up four runs on six hits in 3-1/3 innings.

The Flying Dutch return to action Wednesday, April 10, as they travel to Olivet College for an MIAA doubleheader. First pitch is at 3 p.m.