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No. 17 Lakers drop home opener to No. 9 DMACC

By Staff | Apr 2, 2017

BOONE – In a battle of ranked softball teams, No. 9 Des Moines Area swept the Lakers in a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Lakers dropped game one 7-4 and game two 11-4.

DMACC 7, Iowa Lakes 4

The Bears struck first with a run in the first inning.

Iowa Lakes tied the game in the second as Deanna Gerrard led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on a Courtney Calkins single up the middle.

DMACC regained the lead with a two-out run in the third. Iowa Lakes took advantage of a Bear error to score three runs in the third inning. Julia Sullwold reached on a error by the pitcher and then advanced on a Lauren Hein single. Leilani San Pedro then hit a double that was misplayed by the left fielder to score both runners and advance to third base. San Pedro crossed the plate on a two-out Shelby Davis double to put the Lakers up 4-1.

The Bears used two home runs to take the lead back in the fifth, 5-4 and the visitors then tacked on two runs on three hits in the seventh.

Calkins picked up her first loss of the year. She allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits and three walks. Offensively, Calkins led the Lakers going 2-3 with one RBI. San Pedro was 2-4 with a double, two RBIs, and one run scored.

DMACC 11, Iowa Lakes 4

The Lakers scored first in game two with a Lauren Hein home run in the third inning. Iowa Lakes scored another run in the fourth. Blaney Markman led off with a single. Kaitlin Walsh followed with a single up the middle that sent Markman to third. Desiree Lopez then slapped ball to the shortstop that scored Markman for a 2-0 Laker lead.

DMACC got things started in the fifth inning with a one out walk. That was followed by a double to right field to put runners at second and third. A sacrifice fly then scored the runner at third, but an error on the throw to third allowed the second runner to score as well to tie the game at 2-2.

San Pedro got things started in the bottom of the fifth with a one out single. Gerrard then drove a ball off the centerfield fence to put runners at second and third. Calkins singled up the middle to score both San Pedro and Gerrard and put the Lakers up 4-2.

However, the Bears plated eight runs to take the 11-4 lead. Iowa Lakes could not get anything going in the last two innings.

Kazmierski picked up the loss for the Lakers, allowing 10 runs, eight earned, in 5 1/3 innings. She allowed nine hits, while walking four and striking out two. Kaitlyn Bowman pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. She allowed two unearned runs on three hits. Markman led the Lakers at the plate, going 2-3 with one run scored. Calkins was 1-3 with two RBIs.

The Lakers (19-6 overall, 6-2 in the conference) hosted No. 2 Kirkwood Community College on Sunday. The Lakers host Northeast Community College in a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.