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Softball Opens Home Slate Saturday Afternoon
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Softball Opens Home Slate Saturday Afternoon
Ryan Milkowski had a pair of hits Saturday.

For the first time in 329 days, the Valpo softball team took to the field at the Valpo Softball Complex for regular season action on Saturday. The Beacons got a two-run homer in the seventh inning from Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South), but could not complete the comeback from a four-run deficit as visiting Bradley earned a 4-2 win. With impending rain on the way, the scheduled second game of the doubleheader was pushed back until Sunday.

How It Happened

  • Junior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) navigated an early threat in the first inning, as facing runners on second and third with just one out, Seib induced a pop-up and a grounder back to the circle to keep the Braves off the board.
  • Bradley opened the scoring in the top of the second, as back-to-back singles sandwiched a stolen base to account for the game’s first run.
  • Kehlenbrink reached on a Bradley error to lead off the bottom of the second and eventually moved over to third, but was stranded there.
  • Seib tallied all three outs via strikeout in the third inning, kicking off a stretch of three straight shutout frames.
  • Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) tallied Valpo’s first hit with an infield single in the bottom of the fourth before being erased on a double play.
  • Bradley’s first four batters of the sixth all reached base as the Braves scored a pair of insurance tallies. Valpo threatened in the bottom of the frame as Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) drew a two-out walk and stole second, but she advanced no further.
  • The Braves took advantage of a pair of Beacon errors to add another run in the seventh, extending their lead to 4-0.
  • The Beacons looked for a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Milkowski led off the inning with a line-drive double down the left-field line, and Kehlenbrink followed by skying a 2-2 pitch easily over the wall in left-center to cut the deficit to 4-2. But the next three Valpo hitters were retired in order to end the game.

Inside the Game

  • Saturday marked Valpo’s first home game since concluding the 2021 regular season last May 8 at the Valpo Softball Complex. It was Valpo’s latest home opener since the 2003 season.
  • Milkowski picked up two of the Beacons’ three hits on Saturday for her third multi-hit game of the year. Her double gives her a team-best five two-baggers this season.
  • Kehlenbrink’s home run was her first of the season and her first since going deep at UNI on April 11, 2021.
  • Moeder registered her fifth stolen base of the year as four different Beacons have swiped at least five bags this season.
  • Seib allowed just three earned runs and struck out six in tossing her eighth complete game of the season in the circle.

Next Up

Valpo (9-16, 1-6 MVC) will close out the three-game series with Bradley on Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at noon. Both games can be seen live on ESPN3.