RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Maranatha’s softball team, playing in its second doubleheader on Saturday, and third in the past two days, gave the #3 team in the conference, Dominican University, a challenge with a 5-2 loss in game one and 9-1 in game two.
Maranatha jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when sophomore outfielder Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.) reached on a bunt single, then Kaitlyn Rygh (Grayson, Ga.), on a 3-0 count, send the next pitch over the fence for her first collegiate home run.
Dominican was held scoreless through two innings but broke loose in the third with four runs on five hits, and added another in the fourth for the 5-2 lead.
Freshman pitcher Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) pitched seven effective innings against the Stars, allowing just six hits and four earned runs.
Thompson finished a perfect 2-2 at the plate.
Maranatha contained the Stars for three innings in game two, and cut the Stars’ 3-0 lead to 3-1 when Thompson singled to right center in the third to score senior third baseman Susie Prusak (Leesburg, Va.).
Dominican finally broke free though, in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on five hits to seal the win.
Sophomore pitcher Jana Dempsey (Bath, Mich.) pitched five innings in the loss and Thompson finished a solid day, and weekend, going 2-3 from the plate with an RBI.