A three-run sixth inning broke up a scoreless deadlock and enabled the Olivet varsity softball team to knock off host Constantine, 3-0, in the first game of a Kalamazoo Valley Association doubleheader on Friday.
Olivet lost the back-and-forth second game, 7-6, as the lead changed hands five times. By splitting, the Eagles are now 10-6 overall and 5-3 in the KVA.
The decisive sixth inning of the opener featured consecutive two-out RBI singles from Kara Mott, Renae Morton and Alissa Costello. Scoring runs were Carli Meyer, Paige Cords and Tara Schmidt, who all reached base safely to start the rally.
Morton also was the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 13. The shutout was Morton’s fifth of the season. Offensively, the Eagles received two hits apiece from Meyer and Cords.
In the nightcap, Hannah Mathie led the way with two hits and two RBIs, while Meyer had two hits and scored twice. The big blow came from Jordan Richmond, who cranked a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Olivet a 5-4 advantage.
Shawna Morton suffered the pitching loss, but only three of the seven runs allowed were earned. She struck out three and walked two in 6 1/3 innings.
The Eagles return to action on May 6 when they host Maple Valley in another KVA doubleheader. The first game starts at 4:30 p.m.