By Ben Murphy
Visiting Roscommon was no match for Jack Pine Conference co-leading Harrison on Tuesday night, topping the Lady Bucks 14-0 and 16-0. With the wins the Lady Hornet softball team improved to 20-3 overall and are tied atop the JPC with Meridian with a 10-2 league record.
“The girls ran the bases hard and did a nice job taking what Roscommon gave them,” Harrison head coach Matthew Cooper said. “Allison Lipovsky pitched two really good games and located her pitches well. Offensively, we didn’t hit as well as we would have liked to but we took advantage of some walks and errors.”
Lipovsky earned the win in game one, pitching five innings, giving up just one hit and striking out 13 batters.
The Hornets scored three runs in the first, one in the second and broke the game open with a 10 run third inning.
Hillary Brewer and Emily Gillespie both had one double and one single and added one RBI apiece as well. Taylor Bondie, Lipovsky, Savanna Duggan and Brandi Powell all had one single apiece with Powell and Bondie both getting two RBI.
Lipovsky shut down the Bucks again in game two, pitching all five innings without giving up a hit, struck out 12 batters and walked two.
Gillespie had a double, two singles and two RBI, Haley Sulla had a double, single and four RBI, Powell and Heckman had two hits as well and Katelyn Sherrick, Brewer and Bondie all had one hit.
On Monday the Hornets swept Marion 16-0 and 23-3.
Brewer earned the win in game one, pitching three perfect innings while striking out five batters.
Lipovsky and Duggan had two singles apiece to pace the Lady Hornet offense.
Brewer grabbed her second win of the night in game two, pitching three innings and giving up three runs, one earned on three hits, three strikeouts and one walk.
Sherrick and Brewer had two hits apiece for Harrison.
On Saturday Harrison won the Graylng Tournament, picking up a 7-0 win over Grayling and a 2-1 win over Charlevoix.
On Thursday, May 9 Harrison split a crucial JPC doubleheader in Meridian, losing game one 5-2 and winning game two 4-3.
In game one, the Lady Mustangs scored one run in the first and two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. The Hornets could only score single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Lipovsky suffered the loss, pitching six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, six strikeouts and three walks.
Lipovsky had three hits on offense, while Sherrick and Brewer added two hits apiece. Sulla, Gillespie and Mary Devine all had one hit apiece.
“Meridian is a really good team, probably the best defensive team we have seen this year,” Cooper said. “We hit the ball well the first game but couldn’t get it to drop in for hits.”
Harrison got its revenge in game two, winning 4-3.
Lipovsky earned the win, pitching all seven innings and giving up three runs and just one hit. Lipovsky also had nine strikeouts and one walk.
Bondie hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Harrison a 3-1 lead, but the Mustangs tied the game at 3-all with one run in the second and one in the sixth.
Brewer and Bondie led off the bottom of the sixth with singles, and after Brewer was called out for leaving second base early and Lipovsky flew out, Gillespie roped a double to bring home Bondie.
Lipovsky retired the Mustangs in order in the top of the seventh to finish off the win.
“The second game we had less hits but made the hits we got count,” Cooper said. “Bondie played an outstanding game for us tonight. Her defense was great and the three run home run in the bottom of the first really gave us some confidence. Lipovsky made some adjustments and was able to hold a good hitting team to one hit in game two.”
Bondie finished with two hits, including the home run and had three RBI, Brewer had two hits, with Gillespie and Mary Devine each adding one as well.
The Hornets (20-3 overall, 10-2 JPC) played at Farwell on Thursday, eying at least a share of the JPC title, with Meridian hosting Clare on the same day in another critical matchup. Harrison played at St. Louis on May 20 and play in the Ogemaw Heights Tournament on May 25.