By Ben Murphy
A two run single by Danielle Cullen turned out to be all the Harrison softball team needed in its season opener Monday night, topping host Grayling 2-1 in a non-conference game.
Cullen’s base-knock broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning, and pitching ace Allison Lipovsky gave up just one unearned run the rest of the way, giving up just three hits and struck out 15 batters and walked one.
Kate Sherrick had two hits, Haley Sulla, Lipovsky and Savannah Allen all added hits in the game as well.
Grayling got its revenge in game two however, plating seven runs in the sixth inning to pull away for a 10-2 win.
Harrison scored in the top of the first to lead 1-0 but the Lady Vikings came back in the bottom half to make it 3-1.
The Hornets crawled back with a run in the top of the fifth to make it 3-2, but it was all Grayling the rest of the way.
Lipovsky and Sherrick shared pitching duties, with Lipovsky striking out nine and giving up two earned runs in four innings and Sherrick striking out two and giving up four earned runs in two innings.
Lipovsky also had two hits and an RBI in the game, with Dani Cullen also getting two hits. Sherrick, Toni Fletcher and Allen all had hits as well, with Fletcher getting a double and a walk.
Harrison (1-1) played at Marion on Wednesday and hosted McBain on Thursday. They resume play Monday against St. Louis.