By: Bethany College Athletics
LINDSBORG, Kan. (bethanyswedes.com) – The Bethany softball team hosted the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes for the last home game of the season. The Swedes lost the lead late in game one in an 8-2 loss against the Coyotes. The Swedes took it to heart and came back in the second game, winning 12-0 in five innings.
Game 1: Bethany 12, Kansas Wesleyan 0
The Swedes scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Myranda Jimenez got on base with a hit-by-pitch. Kierstyn McMillen doubled on a line drive to left field, advancing to third base and scoring Jimenez on a throwing error by the outfield. Putting the Swedes up 1-0.
The Coyotes tied the game up in the top of the 4th inning when two back-to-back singles put runners on first and second. Herrera then singled on a line drive to left field, scoring Garrison, 1-1.
Myranda Jimenez led off the bottom of the 4th inning taking a ball against the wind over the left field fence, putting the Swedes up 2-1.
Kansas Wesleyan tied the game up in the top of the 6th inning when Hernandez homered on a ball to right field, 2-2. The Coyotes then rallied from a hit-by-pitch, a few singles and a double, making the score 7-2.
The Coyotes added another run in the top of the 7th inning on an error, making the score 8-2.
The Swedes were unable to rally in game one against Coyote pitcher Hogal, as she held the Swedes to 4 hits and collected 5 strikeouts.
Sasha Martello started on the mound throwing 5.1 innings giving up 8 hits, 6 runs and struck out 5. Jordan Stelzig threw 1.2 innings giving up 3 hits and 0 earned runs, while walking 2 and striking out 2.
Myranda Jimenez went 2-for-2 at the plate with a hit-by-pitch, a home run, and a single while collecting an RBI and 2 runs.
Game 2: Bethany 2, Kansas Wesleyan 8
The Swedes woke up in the second game as they scored in the 1st, 2nd and 4th inning while not allowing a single runner to base, ending the game in 5 innings.
In the bottom of the 1st inning Amaris Guerra reached on an error, bringing Lilliana Martinez up to bat with one out and one on first. Martinez homered on a 2-2 count to center field, making the score 2-0. Myranda Jimenez then got on base with another hit-by-pitch and scored on a triple hit by Melinda Cratty, 3-0. Kat Range hit a single to left field, scoring Cratty, 4-0.
In the bottom half of the 2nd inning Kierstyn McMillen reached on an error to the pitcher, followed with a single by Guerra, bringing Martinez up with no outs, runners on first and second. Martinez hit a home run to right field on a 1-2 count, making the score 7-0. Jimenez would then reach base on another hit-by-pitch and advanced to second base on a single hit by Cratty. Destiny Espinosa then loaded the bases by taking a walk. Leah Rivera then reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Jimenez and Cratty, 9-0.
Kat Range led off the bottom of the 4th inning and reached on an infield error. Danielle Woolsey went in to pinch run and advanced to second base on a sac bunt by Espinosa. Woolsey then tagged up on a line drive hit by Sasha Martello, advancing to third base. Rivera then singled to left field, scoring Woolsey on 2 outs, 10-0. McMillen then reached on an infield error, advancing Rivera to second base. Guerra then doubled to left field, scoring Rivera and McMillen, 12-0.
Lilliana Martinez earned the win in game two, allowing 0 hits and 0 runs over 5 innings. Martinez struck out 9, while walking 0, throwing a perfect game. Martinez also went 2-for-4 at the plate, with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs and 2 runs.
Amaris Guerra went 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, double, 2RBIs and 2 runs. Melinda Cratty went 2-for-3 with a triple, single, an RBI and 2 runs. The Swedes collected 8 hits, 10 RBIs, 2 walks and 0 strikeouts.
The Swedes travel to Ottawa University on Wednesday, April 18th for a double header against the Braves. First pitch is scheduled to start at 2:00PM.