OVERVIEW – MADONNA
SCORES: Northwood Timberwolves 14, Madonna Crusaders 4 (Five Innings)
RECORDS: Northwood 8-2/Madonna 9-3
LOCATION: Livonia, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood softball rides hot offense to its seventh straight win, defeating Madonna 14-4 Thursday afternoon (March 18)
- Northwood got off to a good start, going up 2-0 in the first inning. Haley Frank started the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
- Mikayla Gronback made it 2-0 with an RBI single later in the first inning.
- In the third, NU expanded their lead, starting with a Delanie Grundman RBI single.
- Lauren Castellon made it 5-0 in the third with a two-run double.
- The Crusaders got a pair of runs back in the bottom of third, making the score 5-2 after three innings.
- NU got both of those runs back right away thanks to Grace Dutoi. Her two-run homer in the top of the fourth put the Timberwolves up 7-2.
- After an unearned run in the fourth for Madonna made the score 7-3, Northwood broke the game open in the top of the fifth. The big hit of the game came from Maddie Coulter, whose grand slam got the lead up to 11-3.
- The Timberwolves added two more on a wild pitch/error combo from Madonna to make the score 13-3.
- Samantha Slick then made it 14-3 with an RBI double to finish off the seven-run fifth inning.
- The Crusaders got one back in the fifth to round out the scoring.
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 14/19/2, Madonna: 3/3/2
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 7, Madonna: 3
- Winning Pitcher – Shayna Frank (6-1): 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R (1 ER), BB, 5 K
- Losing Pitcher – Alyssa Fessenden (3-2): 2 2/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Coulter: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBIs
- Dutoi: 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs
- Slick: 4-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
- Castellon: 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs
- Julia Gross: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R
- Tara Gross: 2-4, 2 R
- Grundman: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
- Gronback: 2-3, RBI
- The Timberwolves travel to Ohio Dominican for a doubleheader Friday (March 19). First pitch is set for 3 p.m.