Dunlap softball handles Notre Dame

Adam Larck
Brea Mercer pitches during the second inning of the April 5 game against Morton at home.

The Dunlap softball team had no problem handling Notre Dame on the road on April 4.

The team scored three runs in the first and third innings to help roll to an easy win, 11-3.

Abby Akright, Erin Murphy and Nikki Matthew all had doubles for the Eagles. Murphy and Amanda Radosevic also had two RBIs each. Matthew got the win for Dunlap, pitching 10 strikeouts and seven walks.

One day later, Dunlap had a strong start against Morton in the first inning before giving up nine in the second inning. The Potters also got five runs in the fourth and fifth inning to beat the Eagles, 19-8, in five innings.

In the bottom of the first, Morton walked home three runs, while Brea Mercer got a double to drive in a run. However, four singles and a double in

the top of the second lead to eight of the nine runs being driven in. Morton kept the scoring up in the fourth and fifth innings, getting two home runs from Katie Tobias and Taylor Namanny as well.

Both Mercer and Matthew got doubles for Dunlap, while Murphy went 2-for-3.

The loss did not shake the Eagles, though, as they came out on April 6 and beat Midland, 1-0.

Amanda Radosevic got two hits for the team, while Mercer was the winning pitcher with two strikeouts and a walk.

Continuing play on Thursday, Washington proved too much to handle, beating Dunlap, 7-6, in eight innings.

Washington scored the final run on a hit by Shelby Lickiss to the shortstop. Dunlap had the lead, 6-0, going into the fourth inning.

Sarah Welsh went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Abby Akright added two RBIs as well. Matthew picked up a loss, striking out five while walking two.

The girls had a day off before picking up another win on Saturday, easily handling Midwest Central, 7-0.

Both Gabby Akright and Mercer went 2-for-4, while Radocevic went 3-for-4. A. Akright led the team with two RBIs. Mercer got her third win of the season, throwing six strikeouts and two walks.

The Eagles will have two away games this week, going to Canton on Thursday and Eureka on Monday. They will return home on Tuesday to face East Peoria.