By Ben Murphy
The Harrison varsity softball team swept host Coleman Monday night, winning game one 13-3 and topped the Comets 9-8 (four innings) in the nightcap.
“The girls hit the ball really well and ran the bases well,” Harrison head coach Matt Cooper said. “Defensively, we made some mistakes but that was bound to happen since we haven’t been outside yet. Hopefully if the weather remains good outside we can work on some of the stuff we can’t do in the gym.”
The Hornets trailed 2-0 after the first inning but got a bases loaded walk in the top of the second by Erica Heckman to make it 2-1.
Katelynn Sherrick followed Heckman’s walk with a three run triple, giving Harrison a 4-2 lead.
Taylor Bondie came in to score an unearned run in the third to make it 5-2 and Allison Lipovsky hit a two run double as part of a three run fourth inning that made it 8-2 entering the fifth.
Bondie hit a triple to score Hillary Brewer in the sixth, and after the Lady Comets scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Hornets iced the game with four runs in the top of the seventh behind a two run single by Haley Sulla.
Lipovsky picked up the win for the Hornets, giving up three runs, one earned on three hits, six walks and 14 strikeouts.
Heckman had three hits and scored three times, Sherrick finished with a triple, double and four RBI, Bondie had two hits, including a triple and two RBI, Lipovsky had a double and three RBI, with Brewer, Sulla, Savanna Duggan, Mandy Devine and Mandy Houck all adding base hits.
Playing as the home team in game two, Harrison gave up a run in the top of the first but after Sherrick led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit, came around to score on an ground out that made it 1-1.
After a scoreless second inning, Coleman plated five runs to take a 6-1 lead, but Harrison scored six runs to pull ahead 7-6.
Sherrick led off the inning with a single, Sulla walked, Bondie reached on an error, Lipovsky singled and Emily Gillespie doubled, Devine singled and all came around to score.
Coleman took the lead again with a two run top half of the fourth to lead 8-7, but with darkness closing in, Sherrick walked and eventually came around to score on an error and Lipovsky hit a walk-off double, scoring Brewer who had reached base two batters earlier on a single.
Brewer started the game in the circle, pitching 2 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, all earned on five hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Lipovsky earned the win in relief, tossing 1 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, both earned on one hit, three walks and three strikeouts.
Sherrick had two hits and scored three runs, Lipovsky added two hits and two RBI, Sulla, Brewer, Gillespie, Devine and Heckman all had one hit apiece, with Heckman adding two RBI and Devine stealing two bases.
On Tuesday, the Hornets swept visiting Lake City, 14-0 and 18-0 in another non-league twinbill.
In game one, he Hornets scores five runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third and five more in the fourth to enforce a mercy after five innings.
Lipovsky earned the win, pitching five innings, giving up one hit while striking out 14 and walking one.
Brewer had two hits, including three run home run in the second inning and finished with six RBI. Heckman and Powell also added two hits apiece.
In game two, Lipovsky picked up another win, pitching three hitless innings while striking out six and walking one.
Brewer had three hits, two of which were doubles and added five RBI. Sulla and Bondie added three hits as well, with Gillespie adding two hits.
“I was happy with how we hit one through nine in our lineup,” Cooper said. “Lipovsky did a nice job locating her pitches. Brewer had a lot of hard hit balls and was able to knock in a lot of runs.”
Harrison (4-0) played at Grayling on Thursday and hosts Gladwin on April 25 to open Jack Pine Conference play.