Softball opens with 4-2 run in ‘The Dome’

Clarion staff report

Despite all the snow on the ground, the Madison College women’s softball team was able to get an early jump on the season with six games this past weekend in Rosemont, Ill.

Playing in The Dome at the Ballpark, every game for the WolfPack played was a blowout. Four were lopsided wins, while two were disappointing 11-3 losses.

Madison College fell to Rock Valley College, 11-3, to open the North Central Community College Conference tournament.

Rock Valley has won five straight NJCAA Division III national championships and was ranked No. 1 entering the season. Still, the Golden Eagles had lost three of their first four games this season, giving conference foes reason for hope.

Madison College struck first in the game on March 1 when outfielder Paige Cornelissen tripled to open the inning and then scored when shortstop Hannah Grahl was thrown out trying to steal second base.

The 1-0 lead was short-lived as Rock Valley scored four runs in the top of the second inning, making the most of two walks, two singles and a double.

Madison College closed to within 4-2 in the bottom of the second, when Dany Gumz doubled to drive in Montana Platts, who had reached base on a walk.

That was as close as the WolfPack would get as Rock Valley scored once in the top of the third and five times in the top of the fourth inning to put the game away.

Madison College pitcher Jordan Martin took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on five hits and six walks. Maddie Fink relieved her in the fourth inning, allowing four runs on five hits.

Madison College 16,

College of DuPage 6

Three big innings propelled Madison College to a 10-run victory over the College of DuPage, 16-6, in six innings in the second game on March 1. The WolfPack scored six runs in the third inning, four runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the sixth inning.

Cornelissen, Gumz, Maegan Brookins and Krysten George each had three hits in the game for the WolfPack. Gumz, Grahl and Nicole Ferch each hit their first home runs of the season in the game. Fink pitched the win, giving up nine hits and six runs in six innings.

Madison College 18,

Harper College 2

In their third game of the opening day, Madison College scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning en route to an easy 18-2 victory over Harper College in five innings.

The inning featured five hits, including an inside-the-park home run by Kylie Endres, six walks and two errors. Endres finished the game with four hits, while Allison Tomlinson added three.

Brianna Farrington earned the win, allowing no hits in three innings with five strikeouts. Cathryn Hiller pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

Madison College 8,

Joliet Junior College 0

Another big inning early for Madison College gave the team an easy win against Joliet Junior College on March 2 as the WolfPack scored five runs in the top of the second inning on their way to an 8-0 victory.

Irene Tomasovic had three hits and Morgan Dercola added two to help lead Madison College. Jordan Martin pitched the winning, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out nine in five innings.

Triton College 11,

Madison College 3

After a three-run first inning, the bats went cold for Madison College and Triton College got hot, leading to an 11-3 loss for the WolfPack in the second game on March 2. Triton College scored three times in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead and then twice more in the fifth inning and five times in the sixth inning.

Cornelissen and Platts both had two hits in the game for the WolfPack. Farrington pitched the loss, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk.

Madison College 12, South Suburban College 1

Madison College’s bats didn’t stay quiet for long. The WolfPack scored in every inning during the March 3 game against South Suburban College to win, 12-1, in five innings.

Gumz led the way with three hits and four RBIs, while Endres had two hits and two RBIs. Jordan Martin pitched the win.