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Harrison softball swept by Meridian, suffers first losses of season

The Harrison Lady Hornets suffered their first Jack Pine Conference setbacks of the season Tuesday night, falling to the visiting Meridian Mustangs 14-3 (six innings) and 10-0 (five innings).

Allison Lipovsky took the loss in game one, pitching six innings, giving up 11 earned runs on 16 hits and two strikeouts.

Lipovsky had a home run and a single on offense, Savannah Duggan doubled, Mary Devine and Taylor Bondie both had hits and Haley Sulla scored a run.

Lipovsky took the loss in game two, pitching the first two innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits and one strikeout. Hillary Brewer pitched the last two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits and one strikeout.

Sulla, Bondie, Duggan, Catrina Smith and Erica Heckman each had one hit, with Bondie adding a stolen base.

“We will be fine,” Harrison head coach Matt Cooper said of the losses. “Meridian is an excellent team that drilled us twice. We can either feel sorry for ourselves or scrap and claw our way to a bunch more wins.”

On Saturday, Harrison traveled to the Grayling Invitational, losing to Posen 3-2 and topping Roscommon 7-5.

Their battle against Posen was the first loss of the season for Harrison, with Lipovsky suffering the setback, pitching seven innings, giving up one earned run on three hits and 10 strikeouts.

The Vikings plated two runs in the seventh inning to come from behind for the win.

Bondie, Duggan and Heckman each had one hit, with Bondie scoring a run and Heckman stealing a base.

Against the Bucks, Brewer  picked up the win, pitching six innings, alowing four runs on six hits and seven strikeouts.

Bondie had a homerun, single, two RBI and scored three runs, Jessica Johnson had two singles, an RBI and a run, Brewer had a hit and a run and Emily Gillespie scored twice.

“We didn’t hit the ball well in this tournament,” Cooper said. “Two hits against Posen and five against Roscommon is not enough to win. Posen is a good team and we had them down but they were able to come back in the last inning and we have to give them credit for that.”

Harrison (20-3 overall, 4-2 JPC)  hosts Farwell May 15.