by Joshua Stevens
Cedarville softball picked up two hard fought conference wins against Ursuline on Friday, winning 2-1 and 4-3. The Lady Jackets (26-14, 15-3 GMAC) currently sit at third place in the standings, behind Findlay and Ohio Dominican.
The Arrows (11-23-1, 6-9-1 GMAC) jumped out to an early lead in the first game after a home run into right field. The Lady Jackets outhit the Arrows 6-2 in the game, but left runners on base early, until sophomore Hannah Lord singled and allowed McKenna Smith to score in the fifth inning.
The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh when senior Kaitlyn Woerner hit a walk-off single that allowed sophomore Sarah Parsons to score and give the Jackets the victory.
The Lady Jackets were up 4-1 at the beginning of the seventh inning in the second game thanks to some incredible shots from Parsons earlier in the contest. But the defense gave up two quick runs, with the chance for the Arrows to take the lead. Junior Avary Humes then made a game-saving catch in left field to seal the one run win and the sweep for the Lady Jackets.
Parsons was the offensive highlight for the Lady Jackets, with a combined five hits, three RBIs and two runs scored in the double header.
Both games had excellent pitching from the Lady Jackets. Junior Morgan Arbogast pitched the entire first game, had 10 strikeouts, and gave up only two hits to the Arrows. Freshman Kacey Smith and senior Danielle Wolgamot both pitched in the second game and gave up a combined five hits, three of which were in the top of the seventh.
“Obviously, Morgan threw a really good game. She had no earned runs,” head coach Wes Rowe said. “And in the second game both our pitchers did well, our defense just let them down.”
With just two weeks until the conference tournament, the Lady Jackets have three conference games to close out the season, and are looking to jump up in the standings.
“Right now, we’re taking it one game at a time,” coach Rowe said. “We’re third in the conference right now, and we’re only two games back.”
Joshua Stevens is a sophomore journalism major and sports writer for Cedars. He enjoys rooting for the Tennessee Titans and listening to old-school music.