It came down to the last play, but the Sacred Heart varsity softball team was on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat to Northwest R-5 on Tuesday.

Northwest was down 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning when they tripled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs.

Sacred Heart opened up scoring in the first inning when Emma Schouten drove in one when she doubled. Schouten also led things off in the circle for Sacred Heart.

The right-hander went six and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, striking out 15 and walking one.

Sacred Heart smacked one home run on the day. Claire Smeltzer had a four bagger in the first inning off the first pitch she saw, sending it over the center field fence.

SH saw the ball well today, racking up eight hits in the game. Schouten and Veronica Vanegas managed multiple hits for Sacred Heart. Schouten led Sacred Heart with three hits in four at bats.

Despite allowing four runs in the third inning, Sacred Heart Gremlins JV defeated Northwest 12-6 on Tuesday.

Both offenses were strong at the plate as Sacred Heart collected eight hits and Northwest five in the high-scoring affair Sacred Heart notched eight runs in the third inning.

SH's big inning was driven by singles by Zoe Martin and Karen Cisneros, walks by Olivia Dobson, Brooke Epple and by Alexis Chappell, and a fielder's choice by Keely Elwell.

Elwell was the winning pitcher for Sacred Heart Gremlins. The ace went three innings, allowing six runs on five hits and striking out three. Sacred Heart tallied eight hits on the day.

Martin, Sammy Altena, and Cisneros each had multiple hits for the Gremlins. Martin went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Sacred Heart in hits.

Sacred Heart stole 16 bases during the game as five players stole more than one.

Dobson led the way with four.

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