Evangel Softball Rallies to Earn Saturday Split at Graceland

Evangel Softball Rallies to Earn Saturday Split at Graceland

The Basics
Game 1: Evangel 0, Graceland 8 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 12, Graceland 4 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (9-19, 5-11); Graceland (14-7, 6-6)
Location: Lamoni, Iowa | North Park

LAMONI, Iowa – The Evangel softball team rallied to split at Graceland on Saturday falling 8-0 in game one before taking game two, 12-4.

Game One
The Crusaders struggled to get the bats going in game one as Graceland blanked Evangel, 8-0 in six innings.

Evangel finished with just two hits coming from Michelle Sheppard and Hannah Trabucco. Libby Bemis struck out 11 and walked none for the Yellowjackets

Bridget Rippe was handed the loss going 3.2 innings and allowing nine hits. Taylor Kister pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed just two hits.

Game Two
The Crusaders pounded 19 hits and scored 12 runs as four players finished with three hits.

Hailey Lange led Evangel at the plate going 3-for-4 with a home run as Michelle Sheppard, Hannah Trabucco and Jenna Halbrook all finished with three hits and two RBIs as well.

Graceland tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, but Evangel answered with three runs in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth inning.

Abby Emmitt earned the win going four innings and allowing just three hits while striking out six. Taylor Kister again came on in relief to pitch the final two innings without allowing a hit and adding four strikeouts.

Up Next
Evangel heads to Baker and Benedictine next Friday and Saturday in Heart South Division action. First pitch on Friday against the Wildcats is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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