Softball drops to Huntington

Softball drops to Huntington


Sports Editor

The Goshen College softball team hosted conference opponent Huntington University for an afternoon doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Leafs falling to the Foresters 6-4 and 5-1.

Goshen opened the scoring with a run in the first inning and held a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth but the Foresters quickly responded, scoring 3 runs in the fourth to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the way. Goshen managed to come within a run of Huntington in the bottom of the fourth but the Foresters added an insurance run in the seventh to secure a 6-4 victory.

Alexis Carpenter, a junior, got the start for the Leafs and went three innings before Brooke Maes, a junior, pitched the final four innings in relief. Each pitcher allowed only one earned run apiece as a trio of errors cost Goshen. Candace Sutter, a junior, Sydney Stein, a sophomore, and Taylor Sutliff, a sophomore, each collected one of the Leafs’ three RBIs. Sutter, Carpenter, Courtney Crapser, a sophomore, and Krista Sutliff, a senior, all scored a run in the loss.

In game two, the Leafs got on the board first when Emily Namisnak, a sophomore, homered in the first inning to give Goshen a 1-0 lead. That lead disappeared in the third inning when Huntington struck for three runs to take a 3-1 edge before adding a pair of runs in the fifth inning. The Leafs wouldn’t have a runner cross home plate again after Namisnak’s long ball as the Foresters shut down Goshen’s offense.

Carpenter again got the start and went 4 innings before Maes came in to finish the final three innings of work. Sutter and Taylor Sutliff led Goshen in hits with identical 2 for 3 performances at the plate.

With the losses, Goshen’s record falls to 6-12, 3-9 Crossroads League, on the season. The Leafs will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Marion, Indiana to play conference opponent Indiana Wesleyan for a doubleheader. First-pitch in game one is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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