PELLA, Iowa -- The Simpson softball team couldn't get its bats going in a doubleheader loss to No. 23 Central on Saturday, losing game one 7-2 before falling 8-0 in six innings in the nightcap.
Missing the services of hard-hitting third-baseman Taylor Davis, the Storm (17-9, 3-3 Iowa Conference) managed just seven hits against Central pitching on the day. The Dutch (16-6, 3-1) won for the fourth time in five games.
Central 7, Simpson 2
Emily Walton went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Mariah Fritz went the distance in the circle to lead Central to the game-one win. Central led 3-2 in the third before Lauren Bagby drove in two on a single to give the Dutch a three-run cushion, one the Storm couldn't overcome.
After spotting Central a three-run lead Simpson got to Fritz in the third. Madison Rasmusson drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly and Kayla Reusche scored on an error -- Central's second of the inning -- to pull within one.
Simpson threatened in the seventh trailing 7-2, loading the bases before Fritz induced a flyout to end the game.
Central 8, Simpson 0 (6)
Annie DeVries handcuffed Simpson's bats, holding the Storm to two hits in the six-inning contest. Kaitlyn Andresen and Daria Parchert drove in two runs apiece to lead the Dutch.
Rasmusson and Kaleigh Snyder had hits for the Storm, who managed to send just one baserunner to second.
Kelli Hanson — L (0-3), 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 Ks
Arianna Kim — 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 Ks
Emily Schilke — 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Mary Leopold — 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 Ks
The Storm return home to host Dubuque on Wednesday, April 11. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. from Simpson Softball Complex.