BY MIKE URSERY
Freshman Hannah Steeby came up with a clutch base hit, and junior Alyson Fuemmler came around from second base to score the go-ahead run to give the Central Methodist Eagles a 4-3 win over the No. 20 Grand View Vikings on April 1.
That win allowed CMU to salvage a split in their doubleheader against the Vikings at Cox Softball Complex. Grand View was victorious in Game 1, winning 4-1.
Steeby’s RBI-single came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and capped a three-run frame by the Eagles. Hannah Blackmon hit an RBI-double, and Alyssa Lilly had an RBI-single. All three runs in the inning came with two outs.
“That was a big inning for us,” CMU head coach Pat Reardon said. “When you lose the first game in this conference, the only choice you have is to try to get a split.”
Alexis Kohrs was the winning pitcher for CMU in that second game. She pitched all seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. She walked three hitters and struck out three.
“Alexis did enough to keep us in the game,” Reardon said. “It wasn’t a perfect game, either way. We had some defensive lapses. There were some lapses all the way around. We just need to make sure we clean things up.”
Grand View struck first in Game 2. With the bases loaded, Lexi Merrit hit an RBI-single that scored two runs.
Kohrs got the next hitter to fly out, limiting the damage. The Vikings held a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third inning, when Sydnie Harmon hit an RBI-single that brought home Tyler Patton.
The Eagles’s offense broke through in the fifth inning. After the first two hitters grounded out, Bailey Fidler hit a single to left field.
Crystal Flagg was brought in as a courtesy runner for Fidler. The next hitter was Blackmon, who hit a deep line drive to left center that was just out of reach of both the centerfielder and the player in left field. Flagg scored to make the score 3-2. Blackmon was able to advance to third base on the throw.
Lilly was the next hitter, who hit a ground ball up the middle that made its way into centerfield. Blackmon scored to tie the game.
Fuemmler was brought in as a pinch runner for Lilly. She scored from second base on Steeby’s single to left field to give CMU a 4-3 lead.
Grand View put a runner on base in each of the next two innings, but were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Erin Enke made the start for CMU in Game 1. She pitched all seven innings, allowing four runs on seven Grand View hits. She struck out 10 hitters and issued five walks.
“She can be as dominant as anyone,” Reardon said. “She lets some of the things outside of her control, umpires and things like that, get to her and I think that’s the biggest thing we need to try to get out of her head. She’s as good as anybody, and four runs aren’t really a good indication of how she pitched. We just need to score runs for her.”
The Eagles were scheduled to host another doubleheader on April 2 against William Penn. Those two games were postponed and will be made up on April 29.
Their doubleheader at MidAmerica Nazarene was alos postponed. A makeup date has not been set.
CMU travels to Canton, Missouri, for a doublehader against Culver-Stockton on April 8. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.