Team Scores Five Times In Top of Seventh Versus Beloit To Snap 1-1 Tie
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Washington College softball team split a pair of games in its second day at the Rebel Spring Games in non-conference softball action. The Shorewomen scored five times to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning to down Beloit 6-1 in the morning game and fell to #25 Simpson 4-0 in the early afternoon contest. The Shorewomen are now 2-2 on the season.
Against Beloit (0-3), the Buccaneers grabbed a 1-0 lead with a two-out single to center by Tala Cornell that scored Taurie Burns. On the play, Mikayla Martin tried to make it 2-0, but she was tagged out at the plate by sophomore catcher Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) after the throw from Washington junior centerfielder Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) beat Martin.
The Shorewomen took advantage of a Buccaneers error to the game at 1-1 with one out in the top half of the sixth. Sophomore Kerri Estep (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) came all the way around from first on a sacrifice bunt attempt by junior Trish Langley (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) as the throw to get Langley got away and allowed Estep to score.
The Shorewomen finally broke through with two outs in the top of the seventh to the tune of five runs. With two away, Langley drew a five-pitch bases loaded walk to force home senior Suzanne Paintella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) to put WC ahead 2-1. The next batter, freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) singled through the right side to drive in both sophomore Gina DeAngelis (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) and freshman Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) to make it 4-1. Then Briganti capped the five-run outburst with a single to center that scored Langley and junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park). Beloit went down 1-2-3 in the last of the seventh to end the game.
Washington, which had 10 hits in the win and worked out six walks, got a 3-for-4 performance from Patinella at the plate. Washington got a pair of RBI from Briganti and Maynard, while seniors Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) and Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) each worked out two walks. In the circle, Cooper got the win in relief to improve to 2-0 as she struck out three batters and didn't give up a hit in 1 2/3 innings. With her appearance in relief, Cooper becomes Washington's all-time lead in pitching appearances with 78. She relieved Anderson who went 5 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out eight and walking a single batter.
For Beloit, Jen Zucker took the loss and drops to 0-2. She went the entire way, giving up five earned runs, walking six and striking out 10. She surrendered 10 hits. The Buccaneers got five hits at the plate.
Versus #25 Simpson (13-0), the Storm took advantage of a one out error to score an unearned run with two outs in the top of the first when Rachel Guessford singled to center to score Stacie Brown.
Simpson scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fifth to push its lead to 3-0. Britney Steele came home on a Tori Haag double to left to make it 2-0 and Haag would come around to score on a base hit to left by Brown. Both hits came on the first pitch.
The Storm made it 4-0 in the top of the sixth when Ashley Prettyman singled to center to score Annie Stolte with one away.
Simpson pitcher Riley Fisher was the story of this game as she had a no-hitter going before it was broken up with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning on a base-hit down the right field line by Cooper. It would be the lone hit Fisher would give up as she struck out eight and walked one to improve to 6-0 on the season. At the plate, Haag had a pair of hits as the Storm worked out five hits in the game.
Washington junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) was the hard luck loser in the game and fell to 0-1. She struck out a career-high 11 batters and gave up just a pair of earned runs on five hits. Schorr walked just one hitter in the contest.
Washington will be back in action tomorrow at the Rebel Spring Games versus Mitchell at 10:00 a.m. and Hiram at 2:30 p.m.