Harrison softball opens season with Grayling sweep

March 27, 2015

Allison Lipovsky

Allison Lipovsky

By Ben Murphy

Timely hitting. Strong pitching. Some good defense. It may have been its first doubleheader of the season but the Harrison softball team opened up the year well, sweeping away Grayling in non-conference play 10-1 and 13-1 on Tuesday.

“We were happy to open the season with two wins, I thought we did a lot of good things but there is a lot of stuff we need to improve,” head coach Matt Cooper said. “The girls have been working really hard and I hope that it translates into a successful season for us.”

Allison Lipovsky pitched game one and pitched all seven innings without giving up a hit to get the easy win. Aside from giving up an unearned  run in the second inning, she didn’t even allow a base runner as she struck out 18 batters out of 22 faced.

The Hornets scored four runs in the first inning, getting a lead-off single by Toni Fletcher. Dani Cullen followed that with a single and Lipovsky walked to load the bases.
After the infield-fly rule gave Harrison one out, Savannah Allen hit into a fielders-choice to score the first run. Katelynn Mogg followed that with a walk that scored a run and Braxton Rhodes got a ball to get through the infield on an error that drove in two runs.

Harrison scored two more runs in the second inning, with Cullen reaching base on a hit by pitch and Allen reached on an error that drove in Cullen. Mogg followed that with a base-hit to right-field to drive in Allen to make it 6-0 after two.
After a scoreless third inning, Lipovsky made it 7-0 with a solo home run.
Allysa Bennett led off the fifth inning with a hit up the middle and eventually came around on a base-hit by Cullen.

Natalie Olstrom started the sixth inning with a pinch-hit single and Nicole Willman followed her by reaching base on an error. Olstrom scored on a ground-out by Brenna Cosgrove and Willman touched the plate on a sacrifice fly to left-field by Fletcher.

Lipovsky had a home run, one RBI and two walks, Mogg and Rhodes has one hit and two RBI apiece with Fletcher and Cullen getting one hit and one RBI each and Dani Cullen, Bennett and Olstrom had one hit apiece. Cosgrove and Allen added one RBI apiece.

Lipovsky was the winner in game two as well, needing just five innings to get the win in the mercied shortened game. She gave up one unearend run on one hit, 14 strikeouts and three walks.
The Hornets gave Lipovsky plenty of run support, scoring one in the first, three in both the second and third, two in the fourth and four more in the top of the fifth.

Lipovksy hit two doubles an had two RBI, Fletcher had a double, single and two RBI, Allen had a single and two RBI with Dani Cullen, Bennett and Ellie Avery add one hit apiece. D. Cullen walked twice and had an RBI and Bennett and Cosgrove added one RBI each.
The baseball game between Harrison and Graying was canceled due to field conditions.
Harrison (2-0) hosts Marion April 8.

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