GALENA — St. Mary's-Colgan softball split Monday’s double header against Galena, losing 14-8 in game one before bouncing back with a 14-10 win in game two.
Game one Galena 14, St. Mary’s-Colgan 8
Galena opened the game with a 3-1 lead heading to the third. The Panthers would take the lead in the top of the third, scoring four runs to go up 5-3. The Bulldogs would bounce back with four runs of their own to snatch the lead, 7-5, and they did not relinquish it for the rest of the game.
Lead off batter Kaitlin Crossland started the game with a triple to center field for Colgan. Olivia Brynds would single home Crossland later in the inning to take a 1-0 lead.
After allowing the Bulldogs to score three runs in the first two innings, Colgan rallied back in the third. The Panthers got three straight singles by Crossland, Sophia Piccini and Brynds. Brynds hard hit grounder brought home Crossland.
Delaney Cedeno tied the game at three with an RBI single, and Malia Orender hit a two-run RBI single after entering the game as a pinch hitter to give Colgan a 5-3 lead.
The lead was short lived after Galena scored nine total runs in the third and fourth innings.
Crossland went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Brynds finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Orender led the Panthers in RBIs with three.
Game two St. Mary’s-Colgan 14, Galena 10
The Panthers scored seven runs in the top of the sixth after being down 5-3 to take the advantage, and tacked on four runs in the seventh to help insure the victory.
Colgan opened the sixth with two straight groundouts. Orender reached base on a hard-hit grounder past second to spark the Panthers. Crossland would tie the game up at five with RBI single, and Piccini tripled to right field to drive home two runs.
Brynds would keep the momentum flowing with a RBI double, scoring Piccini and putting Colgan up 8-5.
Cedeno and Orender would add two runs to the deficit on RBI singles late in the inning.
Brynds went 5-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored. Piccini and Orender had three hits each.
The Panthers will be on the road at Liberal at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.