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Kaluau New Program Home Run Leader; Softball Sweeps Bethel

By Christopher Coombs

Makea-Al Kaluau vaulted herself to the top of the history book with a two-run home run in the first contest, giving her 48 career blasts and the title of LWC's softball's all-time home run leader.

The No. 17-ranked softball team picked up two wins on Saturday afternoon at Sparks Park to cap off Mid-South Conference regular-season play with a clean sweep of Bethel (Tenn.). Lindsey Wilson used a walk-off three-run home run from Ellie Derrick in the eighth inning to claim game one before putting together the most runs in an inning this season in game two with 13 to complete the sweep.

The Blue Raiders claimed game one 10-7 before taking game two with a 13-0 result.

GAME 1: LWC 10, BU 7
Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, Kylie Brown kept the Blue Raiders alive with a two-run home run. The blast scored Brooklynn Becker who was pinch-running for Alexus Garza who led off the inning with a single.

Lindsey Wilson took their first lead of the afternoon and the win when Derrick blasted a three-run home run to straightaway centerfield. The hit scored Mikayla Marquez and Kaluau who reached on a single and a walk.

Bethel pushed the pace early in the first game, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after 2-1/2 innings played with a run in the second and two in the third.

Lindsey Wilson finally got on the board in the third after pushing home three runs to level the score. Jordan Balz got the rally started with a leadoff single before advancing to second on an error by the shortstop. Kaluau blasted a one-out double off the left-center field fence. The hit scored Balz from second.

Kaluau advanced a bag after a wild pitch before scoring on a play that saw Desiree Chang reach base with the help of an error by the Wildcats' second baseman. Kelsie Bostock drove in the final run of the inning after being hit by a pitch, scoring Chang.

Bethel regained the lead in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits and a Lindsey Wilson error. In the bottom half of the inning, Kaluau hit her 48th home run in a Blue Raider uniform to score two and once again level the score, this time at 5-5.

The Wildcats' pressed on, scoring another run in the fifth inning to take their third lead of the game. They were able to extend their lead to two runs after tacking on an insurance run in the seventh inning to lead 7-5.

Olivia Franceschi picked up the win after coming on in relief in the third inning. She pitched 4-2/3 innings, striking out one, allowing four hits and just two runs.

GAME 2: LWC 13, BU 0 (5 innings)
Emily Boin pitched a gem in game two, throwing just 55 pitches across five innings of work. She moves to 15-3 on the season with the result. She struck out four in 17 batters while allowing just two hits.

Following a scoreless first inning, Lindsey Wilson sent 17 batters to the plate in the second and poured home a season-high 13 runs. Eight Blue Raiders managed hits in an inning that was capped off with a Marquez grand-slam.

Lindsey Wilson finished the contest with nine hits Marquez, Isable, and Sam Sims each led the team with two. Isable added a home run of her own in the early stages of the huge second inning.

Lindsey Wilson returns to the field on Friday when they welcome Union (Ky.) to Sparks Park.

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