HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester softball team dominated Indiana Wesleyan University 9-1 in Friday’s opener at Huntington and then went on to outlast the Wildcats 11-8 in the nightcap. With this sweep, HU moves to 18-11 overall, 11-5 in league action.
Kaylin Yon allowed only one unearned run through five innings to pick up the complete-game victory as she got more than enough support from her teammates to take care of business at the plate and cut the game two innings short.
The Foresters wasted little time taking control of the contest by plating four runs in the bottom of the first. Of the six hits HU pieced together, Lindsay Shellabarger and Bess Fiechter logged back-to-back doubles to combine for three RBI. Kaitlyn Troyer capped off the inning’s scoring with a run-scoring single for the 4-0 advantage.
Two innings later, HU piled on five more runs by way of five hits, which included RBI-base pokes by Emily O’Leary, Annie Weaver and Katie DePew.
The Wildcats finally got on the board with a run in the fifth but it wasn’t enough to keep the contest from being cut short.
DePew and Fiechter finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two and one RBI respectively. Weaver added two hits, scored two runs and drove in two more while O’Leary had just as many hits, touched home twice and tallied an RBI.
The nightcap was another impressive comeback for Coach Gower and crew. The Wildcats raced out to a 6-0 lead after their first at-bats but the Foresters made sure the game didn’t get out of hand as they plated four runs in their half of the frame to stay within striking distance. Bess Fiechter’s two-run blast highlighted the first inning as HU’s other two runs came by way of a wild throw.
IWU picked up where they left on the second by touching two more times to make for an 8-4 contest but it was all HU after that. The Foresters countered with three runs in the third to pull within one, 8-7, when Emily O’Leary drove in two runs on a single to left after which Cristin Carter doubled in another.
Fast forward to the fifth where Huntington pounded out two hits and had a little help from the Wildcats to enjoy their first lead of the contest that proved to be permanent. After Katie Knous drew a walk, Fiechter smacked one into left for an RBI-triple and then scampered home on a wild throw. O’Leary followed up by working the inning’s second walk and then eventually came around to score on a Natalie McGuire’s RBI-groundout for a 10-8 advantage.
HU put the finishing touches on night when Lindsay Shellabarger, who had singled to open up play, made her way around the bases on a bobble and wild throw to wrap up the game’s scoring.
Shellabarger collected three hits and touched home every time to pace the Foresters offensively. Fiechter and Weaver added two hits apiece with Fiechter’s homer and triple earning her three RBI.
Ariel Sheets got the start for HU but was quickly relieved by Lea Buckenmyer who worked the final 6.1 innings to pick up the win. The freshman hurler scattered six hits and two runs.