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Carly Sluiter drives home winning run in extra innings as GRCC softball tops Waubonsee Community College

March 10, 2023, CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Grand Rapids Community College softball team won a thriller of a game against Waubonsee Community College in extra innings, and then dropped an 11-7 decision in their final game on Friday. 

GRCC had a 4-3 lead going in the final frame of the game, but Waubonsee tied it up in the next inning. 

After GRCC was shut down in the bottom of the seventh, Waubonsee scored three runs in the eighth.  GRCC matched that to force a ninth inning, and Carly Sluiter came through with the game-winning single to score Lauren James.

Jaye Guchelaar led the offense with three hits and James added two hits.  Seven other GRCC players had one hit, totaling 12 in all.

Macy Huver picked up her first collegiate win, coming in relief of starting pitcher Izzy Regner, who left the game in the seventh inning after 141 pitches and 11 strikeouts.

In the second game, St. Louis Community College came out on top in the slugfest that included 25 total hits, including 11 again from GRCC's bats.

Guichelaar led the team again with three hits, including two doubles. Alyssa Wierenga, James and Samara Kolehouse each had two hits, including a home run for Kolehouse - her first of the season.

GRCC will play its final two games of their trip on Saturday as it faces Waubonsee at 11:30 a.m. and then finishes up with South Suburban College at 2 p.m.

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

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