The Northridge varsity softball team lost its opening two games of the 2023 campaign earlier this week to NECC rivals Fairfield and Lakeland.
Monday night in Middlebury on D-Bat Elkhart Field, Fairfield pounded out 17 hits en route to a 16-8 victory over the Lady Raiders. Jayslynn Hall smacked two home runs and drove in three for the Lady Falcons, who tallied seven times in their final two at bats to seal their triumph. Bailey Willard went 3-4 at the dish with a home run, two doubles and four RBI.
Other Fairfield sluggers included Faith Berkey with two doubles, Makenna Steele with a three-run double, Ava Bontrager with a double and Kenlee Gall, Amelia Black and Breah Gill all with two singles.
Tavia Bratt plated four Northridge runs with a double and two singles. Addison
Knisley ripped a two-run double and both Rielyn Goodwin and Grace Urbanski socked singles.
Berkey got the pitching win, striking out five and walking five. Knisley took the loss, recording two strikeouts and walking five.
The Lady Raiders took to the road Tuesday night, traveling down US 20 to LaGrange to face Lakeland. The host Lady Lakers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-6 lead, then held off a furious Lady Raider rally in the seventh to claim a 10-9 victory.
Urbanski’s two-run shot over the left field fence capped off a four-run fifth for the Lady Raiders which knotted the count at 5-all. The shortstop also smacked a double in the tilt.
Goodwin knocked in two runs with a single and Felice Blasko drove home two with a double and a single. Jazmin Bell slapped a RBI double and Rachel Humbarger cracked a RBI single.
Kaitlyn Keck and Abbey Priestley both lined two singles and knocked in three runs for the Lady Lakers. Kylee Waldron plated two runs with a home run and a single, Cassidi Parham collected three hits and a RBI, Jaden Moore poked a RBI single, Kennadee Kerns popped a pair of doubles and Cheyenne Short legged out a double.
Keck, who relieved starter Parham in the fifth inning and worked the final 2.2 frames, got the pitching nod. The Lakeland duo combined to whiff five and walk three.
Knisley went the distance for Northridge. She fanned one and did not walk a batter.
The Lady Raiders will return to the diamond April 11 when they host Penn.
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