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Acton’s Home Run Highlights Softball’s Season-Opening Day

Acton’s Home Run Highlights Softball’s Season-Opening Day
Mar.3-WHITTIER, Calif.- The Hiram College softball team dropped a 7-1 decision in game one before tying Whittier 7-7 in game two of the first day of their California road tour.    
 
In the first game, the Poets picked up most of their momentum in the two initial innings jumping out to an early 5-0 lead.  
 
With the host up by five, the third inning fell silent with neither side adding a run.  
 
Whittier would pick up the action in the fourth inning tacking on their last two runs of the game (7-0).  
 
The Terriers found a spark in the sixth inning when freshman Megan Davis singled home Hiram's first run of the game, scoring freshman Leah Valdez (7-1).  
 
On the mound, for the Terriers sophomore, Bailey Scheck made her season debut pitching for the first four innings, and junior Shalynn Call closed out the remaining two. The pair tallied a strikeout apiece.  
 
Shaking off the slow start of the first game the Terriers went to work in game two, pushing the game to an extra inning.  
 
The Poets would once again take the opening inning with a 2-0 lead.  
 
Hiram would respond in the second with junior Alexus Acton recording her third career home run to bring home junior Isabelle Miranda and Valdez.  
 
Whittier held the Terriers runless over the next two innings adding just one run in the third inning (3-3). 
 
Hiram sophomore Giselle Bahena doubled to center field to score Davis (4-3) in the top of the fifth inning.  
 
In the bottom of the fifth, the Poets would add three runs to reclaim the lead (6-4).  
 
The Terriers would cut Whittier's lead in the sixth inning tallying three runs (7-6). Sophomore Kaitlyn Hager, freshman Isabelle Gonzales, and Davis each scored a run apiece.  
 
Down by one in the bottom of the sixth Whittier made a push scoring one last run, knotting the game at 7-7.  
 
In the seventh inning, neither side was able to put a run on the board, pushing the game into the eighth inning where silence fell again cementing the 7-7 tie.  
Hager pitched 5.1 innings in the circle totaling three strikeouts.  
 
Offensively in game two, three players tallied multi-hit games, led by Davis, who reached base in three of four at-bats. Miranda and Gonzales each tallied two hits. 
 
Hiram will be back in action on Monday, March 4 as they continue their spring break trip in California with a matchup against Cal Lutheran at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.