What a difference a day makes. After conquering with two victories over the Wyoming Wolves on Tuesday, the Sailors were conquered by the Fighting Scots in both halves of a doubleheader at Caledonia. The Scots are known for their pitching depth and offensive prowess, and Wednesday offered ample proof of both.
In the first game, South faced a young Scots lineup, matched up against Hannah Wohlfert, who entered the circle for South, to pitch her third game in 24 hours.
Things started out on a positive note for the Sailors in the opening inning. Esther Vander Mey reached base on a fielder’s choice and then reached second on a passed ball. After a Maddy Baar walk, Vander Mey scored on a Kendra Kuiper RBI single.
However, the 1-0 lead was short-lived, as the Scots batted around in their half of the first. A lead-off double, bunt single and fly out quickly produced the tying run. Then a walk and three run home run, followed by a sacrifice and double produced a 5-1 Scot lead after one inning.
The Sailors would muster a hit batter, two singles and two walks through the next four innings. Meanwhile the Scots scored three more runs in the third, and three in the fifth to secure an 11-1 victory in five innings.
For the game, Caledonia tallied 12 hits and left four on base, while South managed only three hits (singles by Kuiper, Koster and Teitsma) and left seven runners on base. Wohlfert took the loss, evening her record at 2 wins and 2 losses.
Game two saw Freshman Alyssa Barbrick toe the slab for the Sailors, her first game inside the circle for the Varsity team. In the night cap, the Scots picked up where they left off, scoring one in the first and six more in the second – and never looking back.
Senior All-State pitcher Sami Gerhls led the Scot attack with a solo shot in the first inning, and a 2-run homer in the second, with a since and run scored in the fifth. Meanwhile, Gehrls dominated the Sailors with 8 strikeouts over five innings, scattering 4 Sailor hits.
The Sailors scored their lone run in the third, when Lauren Teitsma hit a hard liner right off the outstretched glove of the Scot shortstop into left for a single, and came home on a Wohlfert RBI double through the right side.
In the fifth, the Sailors scored the final four runs to complete their second five inning win, courtesy of 2 singles, a walk, single, strikeout and single to produce the 10 run margin of victory.
Barbrick gave up 13 hits and 2 walks, striking out one on the day.
Teitsma (2 singles) and Wohlfert (single and double) accounted for the Sailors’ offense in game two.
Highlights: Teitsma 3-5 with 1 run, Wohlfert 2-5 with 1 RBI, Kuiper 1-5 with 1 RBI, Koster 1-4.
Next up for the Sailors, weather permitting, will be games with Traverse City West and East Kentwood on Saturday at the EK Invitational. First game will be at 12 noon.