The Carthage softball team made the most of its final day in Florida.

Carthage broke a 1-1 tie with the go-ahead run in the fourth inning in a 3-1 victory over Bates, which came on the heels of a three-run rally in the top of the seventh to knock off Roanoke in its first game of the day Friday at the Osceola Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

The two-game sweep improved the Reds to 7-3.

Carthage took a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Bates on an RBI single by Bradford graduate Ellie Bernero (two hits, two RBI). After Bates knotted things at 1-1, the Reds answered with single tallies in the fourth and sixth innings to close out the scoring.

Naomi Alonzo (hit, run) scored what proved to be the winning run on a fielding error by Bates, followed by an insurance run off a double by Bernero in the sixth inning that chased home Veronica Pieters.

Alonzo earned the complete-game win, as she allowed three hits, two walks and struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Two errors by Roanoke in the opener led to all three Carthage runs.

After a single by Donna Stevens, the Reds’ Danielle Koziczkowski advanced to third and scored an unearned run on the throw.

A dropped fly ball by Roanoke off the bat of Alonzo (two hits) plated Stevens and pinch runner Angie Stepanski with two insurance runs.

Alex Millett added two hits for Carthage.

Stefanie Guercio twirled her fourth complete-game shutout in the early season, as she scattered just three hits, walked two and struck out 12 to improve to 4-1.

Carthage heads north this week to play at the University of Chicago with a doubleheader Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m.

McKendree 7, UW-Parkside 6

McKendree 14, UW-Parkside 3

The Rangers held a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning of the opener in Lebanon, Ill., but McKendree tied the game with four runs of its own and scored the game winner in the fifth inning on a solo home run.

Morgan Moore led the Rangers (0-16) with two hits, while Megan Aliverti had a hit and three RBI.

Former Central standout Alyssa Hrncar took the loss, as she allowed seven hits, six earned runs, a walk and struck out one in 32/3 innings of work.

McKendree took control of the second game with six runs in the third inning and seven in the fourth.

Parkside leaders were Kellie Fenza (hit, RBI), Morgan Sikon (hit, run), Alyssa McClelland (hit), Adrien Hall (hit) and Allison Hausl (hit, RBI).

Hausl allowed four hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out one in 21/3 innings.


Carthage 12, Bemidji State 11

The Red Men scored in each of the final five innings to outlast Bemidji State in a wild affair at the Tucson Invitational.

Tied at 11-11 heading into the ninth inning, Carthage pushed the game-winning run across home on a single by Jake Snider (hit, RBI) that scored Cody Phelps (two hits, two runs).

Reliever Brian Polaski, Carthage’s fifth pitcher of the day, worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save. Polaski allowed two hits in the last frame, but was able to secure the win.

Carthage (4-3) fell behind, 4-2, after three innings before it took the lead at 5-4 with a three-run fifth inning.

From there, the teams battled back and forth, as the Red Men held an 11-8 lead in the top of the eighth, but Bemidji answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame.

Vince Schwartz led Carthage’s 21-hit attack with four hits, three runs and four RBI.

Other offensive standouts were Luke Beckmann (three hits, two runs, RBI), Johnny Belskis (three hits, two RBI), Jim Mundo (two hits, run, RBI) and Colton Klein (two hits, run).

Carthage’s Clark Hendricks picked up his first victory of the spring, as he struck out the only batter he faced.

The Red Men are back in action today with a 3 p.m. matchup against St. Olaf in Tucson.


Division II Championships

The national tournament run ended Friday for two UW-Parkside wrestlers in Cleveland.

Pernevlon Sheppard (149) and Connor Price (174) both lost two matches and were eliminated.

Sheppard dropped a 5-0 decision to Limestone’s Matthew Rose, followed by a major decision 12-3 loss to Bellarmine’s Gage Branson. He finished the season at 5-8.

In the first round, Price fell, 7-4, to Colorado School of Mines’ Robert Gambrell, followed by a 3-2 loss to Mary’s Phillip Springsteen.

Dan Truttschel