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Carroll softball sweeps Maize

Published April 3 at 10:10 p.m. | Last updated April 3 at 10:11 p.m.

Bishop Carroll swept a softball doubleheader from Maize on Thursday night at Carroll, scoring twice in the sixth for an 8-6 win in the opener and rolling 11-1 in the second game.

“They showed the first game they could play and we showed we were kind of undisciplined for a little bit,” Carroll coach Steve Harshberger said.

After exchanging runs for the first three innings of the first game the Eagles came alive in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs to give them their first lead of the night.

Briana Hogan’s single allowed Madison Miller to score, a double by Morgan Balderas scored another run and a third run came home on a fielder’s choice.

Maize tied the score 6-6 in the top of the sixth.

Hogan homered in the bottom of the sixth to reclaim the lead for Carroll. Brittany Finney scored on a single for an 8-6 lead that Maize was unable to counter.

Harshberger said the first game wasn’t a work of art.

“It was an ugly game both sides but we luckily came out on top on that one,” he said.

Maize coach Jenny Meirowsky said her team did well hitting but struggled defensively.

Finney pitched the second game for Carroll and set the tone by striking out the first two hitters she faced.

“We were really anxious, we really wanted the win, and after we got it I think we relaxed a little bit and settled down and just took care of business,” she said.

Miller homered to center in the second inning to put Carroll on top.

Maize made it 1-1 in the third on a hit by Allie Jurgensen.

Carroll took a 3-1 lead in the third, and Balderas hit a big three-run homer over the left-field wall to extend Carroll’s lead to 6-1 in the fourth.

“That kind of relaxed us a little bit and we wanted that all night,” Harshberger said.

Miller hit another home run in the fifth, this time a three-run shot.

“I don’t really handle the high pitch well so I was looking for something low that I could get my hands to and just drove the ball,” Miller said.

Balderas hit a two-run single that gave Carroll a 10-run lead, ending the game.

Meirowsky said her team didn’t have as much intensity in the second game.

“I feel like our whole team just let down defensively and offensively we just weren’t being aggressive,” she said.

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W– Haffner. L – Grimes. HR – Maize, Glatczak; Carroll, Hogan, Balderas.

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W – Finney. L – Randolph. HR – Carroll, Miller 2, Balderas.