Mattoon Pride alum Liz Titus slammed a grand slam in the ninth inning to hand Lake Land a 9-5 victory over Volunteer State in the opener of a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader in Gallatin, Tenn.
Volunteer State rallied for four runs with two outs in the seventh inning of the second game, capped by a walk-off home run, to rally past Lake Land softball, 10-9, to earn a split of their doubleheader.
Titus provided most of the power for Lake Land in the opener, driving in six total runs on two hits. She slammed her home run to right field in the ninth after two Lakers teammates reached base on errors and another walked.
Claire Maulding and Tori Haug shut down Vol State over the final 3.1 innings, scattering three hits. Rachel Kaufman and Marama Makea rapped three hits apiece.
In the second game, the Lakers scored three runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 9-5, relying both on power and finesse to score. Kaitlyn Scheitler blasted a home run to lead off the second, Tyanna Graber ripped another to start the third and Mattoon alum Jordan Sapp lined a two-run shot to center in the fourth inning. In between, the Lakers also scored twice on sacrifice bunts and pushed across another on a sacrifice fly.
Leading 9-6, Lake Land retired the first two batters in the final inning, but an error kept the Vols alive. A single and three-run homer tied the score at 9-9, before Kemiah Michel blasted a home run to center on the third pitch for the winning margin.
Scheitler went 4-for-4, scored three runs and lined a double while Sapp, Titus and Makea collected two hits apiece.