Before Thursday night, Wayland had a win streak versus South that stretched back several years. According to the informal collection of Elias Sports Bureau wannabes on the sidelines, South may have had only one win in the last thirteen years.
Ella Koster led off the game with a single and was driven home by Kate DeMann, giving South the early lead. Koster came up again in the third, and with one out drove a line drive over the left fielder’s head. With the coach putting on the stop sign, Koster rounded third and scored, for an inside the park homerun. Singles by Schreur, Kuiper, and DeMann in the 7th added an important insurance run. Kendra Kuipers scattered five hits over seven innings, allowing only one unearned run in the 6th, giving South the 3-1 victory.
The second game got off to a bad start as Wayland scored five runs in the first inning and four more to give Wayland a seemingly insurmountable lead. South mounted a comeback in the fourth, however, scoring four runs with a two-RBI single by Alyssa Barbrick and a two-RBI double from Aly Tanis. The highlight of the game for South, though, may have been a diving catch by centerfielder Ella Koster in the second to end the inning and save a run from scoring.