Winget Breaks Grace’s Career Hit Record

Senior Olivia Winget reached a major milestone on Friday, becoming Grace’s softball team’s all-time leader in hits in a doubleheader at Spring Arbor.

Winget, who entered Friday’s games tied with Sam Fields (2010-13) with 154 career hits, moved atop the school’s all-time hits’ list in the fourth inning of Grace’s first game. Her one-out single was hit No. 155 in Winget’s impressive Lady Lancer career.

Although Grace lost the first game 9-1, Winget went on to add a two-run home run in the Lady Lancers’ second game to fuel a 6-3 comeback victory over the Cougars (13-11; 6-6 Crossroads League).

Winget has increased her production each year in a Lady Lancer uniform, tallying 38 hits as a freshman, 48 hits as a sophomore and 53 hits last season. She has a career batting average of .320 and holds the program’s record for most home runs in a career with 29 to date.

Spring Arbor got off to a fast start in the opener, ripping off nine runs over the first three innings. The Lady Lancers (10-16; 6-4 CL) struggled defensively with an error in the first, second and third inning.

Brittany Melzoni singled in Chelsea Whitesell during the fifth inning for Grace’s only run of the game. Clarissa Knight was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Lady Lancers.

The Cougars were first onto the scoreboard during the second game again, scoring twice in the bottom of the second. But Winget responded with a two-run homer in the next inning.

Spring Arbor went on to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, but Grace eased away with the victory with two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Clarissa Knight and Hannah Adams drove in runs during the fifth, and Brooke Shell and Samantha Johnson scored in the sixth.

Knight finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two runs driven in, and Morgan Hutcheson and Adams notched two hits apiece.

Amanda Bowman was strong on the mound, taking the victory with three runs allowed over six innings.

The Lady Lancers continue action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Indiana Wesleyan.

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