MINNEAPOLIS - Following a week of inclement weather and the pending threat of a blizzard across Minnesota, North Central University softball (7-17, 1-7 UMAC) and The Crown College Storm (13-11, 6-0 UMAC) played an early morning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday morning in Augsburg University's dome. The Storm got the sweep with scores of 5-2 and 11-3 (five innings). This was the fourth doubleheader of the week for North Central as rain and snow forced a series of schedule and venue changes for spring sports.
Game 1: Crown got on the board first in the bottom of the first but the following three innings saw both teams defenses rise to the occasion. The bottom of the fifth, the Storm struck again with two singles and a North Central error to go up 4-0 through five innings. The Rams would not be held scoreless as a couple walks from the Storm gave the Rams baserunners. Kylee Bommersbach (Sartell, Minn./Sartell) hit a booming double to hit field at her final at bat to send Nora Sullivan (Naperville, Ill./Matea Valley) home to get on the board. Followed by an Abbey Erzberger (Milwaukee, Wis./Heritage Christian) allowed Meira Skaar (Lakeville, Minn./Rosemount) plate and the Rams closed the Storm lead to two, 4-2. The bottom of the sixth Crown stole a run back to extend their lead 5-2 and quick defensive work kept the Rams from making a comeback in the top of the seventh.
Game 2: North Central started strong getting a quick 2-0 lead on the Storm. However, a strong offensive showing from the Storm in the bottom of the second gave Crown three runs and a 3-2 lead through two innings. In the third, Ellee Laws (Odgen, Iowa/Odgen) hit a single and then advanced to second after Sullivan was walked. Brooke Rayfield (Winona, Minn/Riverway Learning) got on base after being hit by a pitch sending Sullivan to second and Laws to third. The following wild pitch allowed Laws to come home and tie the game at 3-3 going into the bottom of the third. However, errors plagued the Rams the rest of game giving up eight runs in the next three innings to see the Storm regain the lead and end the game after five innings. Both teams finished with seven hits but North Central recorded six errors to Crown's zero. Amanda Roth (Appleton, Wis./Neenah) was perfect from the plate in game two with three hits in all three at bats and one RBI.
Up Next: The Rams will have a few days before traveling to Duluth, Minn. for a doubleheader with St. Scholastica. However, due to the weather affecting all of Minnesota it is likely a reschedule may be needed pending the condition of St. Scholastica's field. Check here for schedule updates as they happen.