Leaf Split With Rochester On Cold, Windy Evening
GOSHEN, Ind. - Despite 30 mile per hour winds working against them, the Leafs managed two home runs to earn a double header 10-5, 8-0 split against the Rochester College Warriors.
The Leafs wasted no time pulling in the first run of game one in the bottom of the first, followed by a two-run home run in the second by freshman Liz Berg.
Leading 3-0, it looked as though Goshen would dominate game one early on as freshman Jessica Reed slammed one out to center field and the Leafs loaded the bases. However, the Maple Leafs could not bring the runners home as Rochester put a quick stop to Goshen's opportunity.
Goshen began letting their lead slip away in the top of the third when a wild pitch was thrown allowing Rochester to get their first run of the day. Senior Madison Smith followed by smashing a line drive ground ball scoring Rochester's second run. Maple Leaf junior Jessica Carney put a stop to Rochester's newly found confidence stepping on first for the third out of the inning.
With a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the third, Goshen was shut down in order. Rochester, determined to pass up Goshen in the top of the fourth, crushed two balls to the fence. After two more singles followed, Rochester took the lead 4-3.
After the Warriors broke away with a three-run home run, senior Maple Leaf Haly Williamson returned to action taking command of the field after a week and a half absence due to injury. Williamson put a quick end to Rochester's rally with the last out of the inning.
Rochester managed one more run before Goshen pulled in a pair in a comeback effort. However, the Leafs fell short as the Warriors wrapped up game one with two more runs and a 10-5 victory.
"I was so excited when I found out I could play," said Williamson. "I think the break from playing and having to sit on the bench really made me appreciate and be excited to play again."
The excitement took charge as it was all Williamson and the Maple Leafs in game two. The senior got the start in the nightcap and went the distance, giving up just three hits over five innings while keeping the Warriors off the board.
"The first game wasn't by any means a reflection of our potential as a team," said Williamson who added that after the game one loss, "We were motivated to do better... I was really proud of our performance (in game two) and hope that it will continue to the the upcoming conference games."
The improved performance continued to the Maple Leaf bats. Goshen tallied three runs in the first and third innings, before putting up two more in the fourth to close out the game in five innings due to the mercy rule.
Senior Amy Clem continued to stay red-hot at the plate as she went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and her fourth homer of the season. Sophomore Leah Lehman and junior Diana Stanley also contributed two hits each for the Leafs.