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Henrichs Leads Trailblazers to Sweep in Danville

Article by: Pete Hayes, the Telegraph,

DANVILLE — Mother Nature played nice Monday and Lewis and Clark Community College softball responded with a doubleheader sweep of Danville Area College. The Trailblazers won the first game 8-5 and took the nightcap 5-1.

The games were rescheduled from Saturday and were the first for L&C since March 26 when it dropped a pair at home to Heartland College. The weekend’s scheduled games against Danville and Spoon River College were cancelled because of wet grounds.

L&C (12-6) will make up the doubleheader against Spoon River Tuesday at L&C, beginning at 2 p.m.

Against Danville, the Trailblazers’ Sydney Henrichs went the distance in the circle in the nightcap and went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. That came after she slammed a solo home run in the opener.

Henrichs, a freshman from Gillespie, struck out 11 Danville batters in the nightcap, scattered six hits and walked none.

“Sydney had a great day all around,” L&C coach Ronda Roberts said, “pitching and hitting.”

In the opener, the Trailblazers jumped out to 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Danville played a run in the third, L&C countered with three runs in the top of the fourth to go ahead 7-1.

The Jaguars scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to get within 7-5, but L&C added an insurance run in the seventh.

L&C out-hit Danville 10-7.

Hannah Rexford, a freshman from Roxana, was the winning pitcher. she went 5.33 innings, scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked two.

Bethany Muenstermann got the save for L&C in the opener, going 1.67 innings, striking out one and walking one.

Lauren Meadows and Muenstermann each went 2-for-3 for the Trailblazers. Muenstermann had an RBI. Kaylee Perez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In the second game, L&C led 1-0 after the second inning, then added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Danville rallied for a single run in the bottom of the seventh, but could get no closer.

In addition to Henrichs’ performance at the plate, Muenstermann had a two-RBI single in the seventh.

“I’m so proud of these girls today,” Roberts said. “To get two big wins on the road is huge.

“It was truly a team effort today .”

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