Farwell stuns Harrison girls in district opener
By Ben Murphy
The bad news for the Farwell lady Eagle softball team is that they only had two hits in Wednesday night’s pre-district matchup against ninth ranked Harrison. The good news is those two hits came in the bottom of the eighth inning, which amounted- to be just enough for a 2-1 upset win.
“We knew we had to play almost perfect to beat them and we just didn’t make mistakes,” Farwell head coach Steve Klinge said. “Two timely hits and great defense all day and great pitching on both sides.”
Farwell gave up an early run to trail 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth, where the Eagles tied it at 1-1.
In that inning, Kate Saupe reached base on an error and was sacrificed to third base on a bunt by Caron White, with Saupe eventually finding her way to home without a hit.
The teams traded scoreless frames until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Kayla Cotton led off the eighth with a base hit and reached third base after Harrison made an error fielding a Sammi Latting bunt.
Dani Hanna reached base on a fielders choice, leading to a game winning base hit by Alysha Luster.
Kate Saupe earned the win for the Lady Eagles, pitching all eight innings, giving up one run on six hits and eight strikeouts.
Allison Lipovsky struck out 14 for Harrison, while also walking one and giving up two hits.
“She is a great pitcher and tough to hit,” Klinge said of Lipovsky. “We knew it would be tough all night so we are thrilled to get this one.”
Farwell continues play in the Standish-Sterling district on Saturday.
Harrison also played in the Ogemaw Heights tournament on Saturday, May 25 going ___ on the day.
The Lady Hornets opened the day with a 6-0 win over Gladwin.
Lipovsky held the Flying G’s without a hit, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 19.
Katelyn Sherrick had a home run, a double, a single and one RBI, Lipovsky had two hits, with Haley Sulla, Hillary Brewer and Emily Gillespie all adding one hit.
The Lady Hornets followed this up with an 18-3 win over Evart, with Brewer getting the win in four innings pitched. Brewer also have up three this and walked five.
Lipovsky had four total hits, including two home runs, with Bondie and Sherrick both getting three hits.
Harrison then lost to host Ogemaw Heights, 9-1. Harrison led the game 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, where the Lady Falcons plated all nine of their runs.
Lipovsky pitched six innings in the loss, giving up nine runs, three earned on five hits, 17 strikeouts and four walks.
The Lady Hornets ended the day with a 9-2 loss to Tawas Area, with Brewer suffering the loss.
Gillespie had two hits to lead the offense, Sulla, Lipovsky and Brandi Powell all had one.
Harrison finishes the season 25-6 and were Jack Pine Conference champions for the first time in school history with a 12-2 league record.