The Mount St. Joseph softball team has gotten off to a solid start to the 2016-17 season. That solid start continued on Wednesday as they secured two wins. The last six games have been apart of the Lions annual spring break trip to Florida for the Rebel Spring Games. On the trip the Lions have so far secured a 4-2 record and will look to finish the trip by winning their final two games on Friday.
In game one the Lions would face off with the Continentals of Hamilton College. The Lions would send ace Paige Kiesewetter (Piqua, OH/ Miami East) to the hill in search of her 3rd win of the season. Kiesewetter would throw a complete game allowing six hits and five runs (three earned), while striking out two hamilton batters.
Offensively both teams got off to a slow start in this game, as they went into the third inning scoreless. Hamilton jumped on the board first as they dented the plate twice in the top of the 3rd. Hamilton added two more in the fifth inning to push their lead to 4-0. The Lions finally scored in the bottom of the 5th inning as Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/ Batesville) doubled home their first run. The Lions would enter the bottom of the 6th trailing 4-1, thats when the offense would explode. The Lions would score 5 runs in the innings on three hits, taking a 2 run lead into the seventh inning. Kiesewetter would allow a solo homerun in the seventh, but she was able to secure the win.
The Lions were lead offensively by Morgan Kain who was 2 for 2 in the game with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. Katie Hoelmer (Cincinnati, OH/ Colerain) went 2 for 2 in her first at bats of the season.
The second game of the day would see the Lions square off with Wisconson-Lutheran. The Lions would get off to a quick start offensively in game two, as they scored six funs in their first two at-bats. They would do most of that damage in the second as they used five hits to score five runs. They would add another run in the 4th innning as Katie Hoelmer hit her 1st homerun of the season, pushing the Lions lead to 7-0.
On the mound for the Lions in game two was Danielle Nichelson (Glencoe, KY/ Gallatin County). She pitched a complete game allowing 9 hits and three runs (two earned) while pitching two strikeouts.
Hoelmer again was huge for the Lions as she went 4 for 4 in the game, with a homerun, a double and 3 RBI.
The Lions will wrap up their spring break trip with a double header on Friday.