Bre Lundmark of Glenville-Emmons swings at a pitch Monday in Game 1 of a home doubleheader against Lyle/Pacelli. The Athletics won 4-3. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune.
Bre Lundmark of Glenville-Emmons swings at a pitch Monday in Game 1 of a home doubleheader against Lyle/Pacelli. The Athletics won 4-3. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune.

Gallery: Glenville-Emmons falls at home against Lyle/Pacelli

Published 7:30pm Monday, May 12, 2014

GLENVILLE — A lead the Glenville-Emmons softball team built through the first six innings evaporated Monday in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.

The Wolverines (1-4 overall, 1-3 Southeast Conference) were poised to post their second win of the season, but Lyle/Pacelli scored two runs in the bottom of the final inning to win 4-3 in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Despite controlling the scoreboard until the final inning, Glenville-Emmons was out-hit 8-3 and struck out 10 times.

“We’ve got to stay more focused in the batter’s box,” said Wolverines coach Lisa Ziebell. “It was disappointing to lose that kind of game when you think you could’ve put them away.”

Glenville-Emmons struck first in the second inning when a bunt by Savannah Schipper drove in Rachel Hagen. The Wolverines added another run in the top of the fourth after Lani Poole took a base on balls and rounded the bases on a series of passed balls.

The Athletics responded with a run in the fifth to cut its deficit to one run, 2-1. However, Glenville-Emmons added some breathing room in the top of the sixth when Daniela Martinez scored on another passed ball.

Lyle/Pacelli cut its deficit to one run again, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth, but the Wolverines got out of the inning with a strike-out by Madi Ziebell.

After Glenville-Emmons went three up, three down in the top of the seventh with a fly-out followed by a pair of ground-outs, Lyle/Pacelli looked as if it might do the same. However, after the first two batters were out, the Athletics made their comeback.

Lyle/Pacelli’s next batter, Abby Bollingberg, took a base on balls. She scored on a hit by Courtney Walter, and a hit to right field by Brooke Walter scored the game-winning run.

Ziebell led Glenville-Emmons from the pitching circle. She struck out eight batters and allowed eight hits and two walks.

“I think Madi pitched well,” said coach Ziebell. “It was a solid game, but we need to get some runs to back our pitcher.”

Game 2 was rained out in the fourth inning. Lyle/Pacelli was leading 21-7. However, it does not count as a completed game.

The Athletics were the home team on the scoreboard in Game 1 because they played at Glenville-Emmons on April 25, and the Wolverines were the home team. Glenville-Emmons won the first meeting 12-2 in six innings.

Next, the Wolverines play a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. today at Houston.

The Hurricanes (5-5 overall, 2-0 Southeast Conference) are in the top spot of the conference standings.

Statistics are in the Scoreboard: May 12 post.