By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The Goshen College women’s softball team notched its first win off the season thanks to a clutch hit from sophomore Kerri Doutlick.
The Northridge High School graduate homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie in a Crossroads League contest with Huntington.
It was her third round tripper of the season.
“The first game was a pitcher’s duel,” said Goshen coach Lee Mast in a GC press release. “We hit the ball well at times, but just right at somebody. I felt it was just a matter of time before somebody was going to get a big hit.”
Doutlick also slapped a double.
Senior Ame Blankenship earned the win in the circle for the Maple Leafs, going all seven innings and giving up just five hits.
While the first game was a pitcher’s duel the nightcap was a slugfest as Huntington posted a 10-8 win. Sophomore Kaitlyn Troyer (Goshen) singled twice and drive in two runs for the winners. Freshman Brittany Wingard (Northridge) had a double, single and an RBI and sophomore Melanie Meyer (Concord) a double, two singles and a stolen base for the Maple Leafs.
Bethel sophomore pitcher Natalie Newell (Goshen) recorded her third win of the season by tossing a three-hitter in a 3-0 win over Robert Morris at Bensville, Illinois. Newell struck out 16 and walked one in the complete game. The Pilots captured the second game by a 9-1 score as Newell had a double, single and an RBI. She also pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit while fanning five.
Newell suffered her first loss in a 2-1 decision to St. Francis at Chicago. She gave up eight hits and two runs (one earned). She whiffed five and walked four. Bethel was a 4-1 winner in the nightcap. Sophomore McKenzie Byler (Goshen) was a pinch hitter for the Pilots.
The Manchester Spartans swept a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twin bill from College of Mt. St. Joseph by scores of 8-0 and 9-0 at North Manchester. Junior second baseman Alicia Cleveland (Lakeland) had two doubles and an RBI for the Spartans (10-6) in the opener.
Manchester senior pitcher Kyle Konarski (Concord) improved his record to 4-0 this season with his first complete game of the season in a 2-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over the Transylvania Pioneers at Lexington, Kentucky. Konarski allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out six and walking one. Manchester (15-3-1 overall, 5-1 HCAC) is No. 16-ranked by D3Baseball.com and No. 22 in NCAA Division III American Baseball Coaches Association. So far this season, Konarski has a 1.86 earned run average over 29 innings pitched. He has stuck out 21, walked six and opposing hitters are betting .243 against him.
The Goshen College Maple Leafs dropped 5-4 and 7-6 games to Saint Francis in Crossroads League action at Fort Wayne. Senior Caleb Yoder (Fairfield) doubled for Goshen in the second game and junior Arick Armington (Elkhart Christian Academy) stole his ninth base of the season in the opener to go with a single and an RBI in the nightcap.
The Taylor Trojans topped the Bethel Pilots by scores of 5-2 and 10-0 in a Crossroads League doubleheader at Taylor. Senior Luke Hofsommer (Northridge) singled in the first game and sophomore Daimon Buck (Northridge) had two singles and two RBI in the night cap for Taylor. Bethel junior Kyle Revella (Elkhart Christian Academy) had a single for Bethel in the first game.
Bethel dropped a 16-11 decision to IPFW as Revella singled four times and drove in a run.
Women’s Track and Field
The Goshen College Maple Leafs placed fourth in the GC invitational. Goshen’s 4 x 800 relay of freshman Irene Schmid, junior Bianca Brambila, junior Dana Christner (Northridge) and sophomore Ali Hochstetler (Bethany Christian) teamed up for a second (10:17.44) to lead the Maple leafs. Other top GC finishes were senior Erin Helmuth (Bethany Christian) third in the 5,000 race walk (26:43.50), Christner fourth in the 400 (1:05.09), Hochstetler fifth in the 1,500 (5:01.77) and sophomore Alita Yoder (Bethany Christian) eighth in the 5,000 (20:38.00).
The Manchester Spartans finished second with 131 points in Hanover College’s Panther Invitational. Senior Karla Madrigal (Elkhart Central) was second in the 10,000 meters (39:03.20).
Men’s Track and Field
The Goshen College Maple Leafs finished as the runner-up in the GC Invitational. The Maple Leaf foursome of senior Billy Funk, freshman Tim Lehman, freshman Lucas Harnish and sophomore Daniel Zelaya (Concord) finished first in the 4 x 800 relay (8:06.96).
Also for GC, junior Kyle Mishler (Westview) was third in high jump (6-2), sophomore Alejandro Rodriguez (Concord) fourth in the 5,000 (16:06.23) and sophomore Jordan Smeltzer (Fairfield) fifth in the 5,000 (16:19.19).
Manchester freshman Matt Buncich (Goshen) dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 3 singles to Jordan Myers of Hanover as Manchester was defeated 8-1 at Zeddies Tennis Center at Hanover. Buncich teams with sophomore Phil Pruitt for an 8-2 loss to Joshua Rose and Devon Sharpe at No. 3 doubles.
Valparaiso junior Kristen Zakiewicz (Northridge) dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to Dana Shannon at No. 1 singles in a 7-0 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay. She teamed with sophomore Michele Fredlake (South Bend St. Joseph) for an 8-1 loss at No. 1 doubles.
Senior Brady Klotz (NorthWood) carded a 76-75—151 to tie for eighth among the individuals and sophomore Brian Ulrich (Fairfield) 79-75—154 to share 14th as the Bethel Pilots were the runner-up in the team standings in the Malone University Tannenhauf Invitational.
Walsh University took the team title with a 298-204—602 while Bethel had 316-296—612.