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Crockett powers Storm sweep at North Park

Megan Crockett
Megan Crockett

CHICAGO -- Megan Crockett drove in the game-winning run in game one, hit a two-run homer in game two, and the Simpson softball team won its final two games at the North Park Invitational on Sunday. The Storm beat North Park 3-2 in eight innings and topped Olivet 5-3.

The Storm improve to 13-7 with the sweep and have won 7 of 8.

Simpson 3, North Park 2 (8 innings)
Crockett drove in the go-ahead run on a single in the top of the eighth and Emily Bell polished off a complete-game gem as the Storm held off the host Vikings. Bell helped her own cause with a single to lead off the eighth, allowing pinch-runner Olivia Allen to score on Crockett's single to right.

Bell (6-1) tossed a complete game for the second day in row, holding North Park to two runs—both earned—off seven hits. She struck out seven and walked two, surrendering both runs on a game-tying, two-out double by Amara Leith in the seventh.

Brynna Bowman gave Simpson a 1-0 lead on an RBI double in the third and Amron Born's RBI single made it 2-0 in the seventh.

Simpson 5, Olivet 3
Crockett broke open a 3-2 game with a two-run bomb in the sixth and Brooke Fonley got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn her second save. Kayla Reusche went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Crockett drove in three runs to lead the Storm at the plate.

Randie Richmond (3-0) enjoyed a quality start, giving up three runs—one earned—off seven hits in 6-plus innings. She left the game for Fonley after issuing back-to-back walks to begin the seventh.

Crockett hit a sacrifice fly and Sara Trent plated an RBI double to give Simpson a 2-0 lead in the first. Richmond helped out her own cause in the third when her RBI single made it 3-1. Olivet pulled within 3-2 with a run in the fourth before Crockett gave Simpson extra cushion with her second home run of the season.

Up Next
The Storm open American Rivers Conference play next Saturday, March 30 when they host Central. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at Simpson Softball Complex.