Wednesday night's doubleheader against Bluffton would be a historic night for the Mount St. Joseph softball team. The Lions would pick up two wins at home against the Beavers and that would push them to the 20-win mark for the first time since their 2003 campaign.
Paige Kiesewetter (Piqua, OH / Miami East) seemingly did it all for Mount St. Joseph in game one. The righty hurler was in the circle the entirety of the game, throwing a complete game shutout and allowing just four hits. However, she would not receive any run support until the seventh inning. With the game tied at 0-0, the Lions had the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning with Kiesewetter stepped up to the plate. The cleanup batter would launch a missile of a line drive to the wall in left-center, giving the Lions a huge walk-off win, 1-0.
Danielle Nichelson (Glencoe, KY / Gallantin) would turn in the second quality start of the day for the Lions in game two. She would go the complete game against Bluffton as well, surrendering just one earned run over the course of the game and surrendering just five hits to the Beavers.
She would get a little more offenseive support from her teammates. The offense started quickly as Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IND / East Central) would send a solo home run over the left field fence in the first inning, tying the game at 1-1.
The offense would go quiet for a few innings until a big three run fourth inning. In that frame the Lions would score on RBIs by three different players. Paige Kiesewetter, Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH / Mason), and Danielle Nichelson all had knocks that brought in runners in the fourth, pushing the lead to three runs and putting the game out of reach because of outstanding defense and pitching.
The Lions and Beavers would both add on one more run each, but the Lions would hold on, bringing the final score to 5-2 and giving Mount St. Joseph their 20th victory of the season.
LIONS AT THE PEAK
Paige Kiesewetter and Dainelle Nichelson were the driving forces behind two victories on Wednesday afternoon. The two pitchers combined to throw 13 innings and allow just one earned run between them. They also combined for three RBIs on the day.
The Lions host a huge conference doubleheader against Franklin on Saturday afternoon. The first pitch of game one will come at 1:00 PM with game two starting directly after the conclusion of game one.