Shorewomen Edge Muskingum, 4-3, Lose Thriller to Thomas More, 8-7
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Washington College softball team split a pair of games at the Rebal Spring Games this afternoon in Winter Haven, Fla. The Shorewomen (5-3) rallied for a 4-3 win over Muskingum before dropping an 8-7 heartbreaker in walk-off fashion to Thomas More.
In the Shorewomen's game against Muskingum (3-4), the Muskies got three runs on the board in the top of the first inning when Amy Clark drove in Hannah Reese on a squeeze play and Haylea Garner brought in a pair of runs with a two-out single. The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the third when Washington senior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk and freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) followed with a two-run double to tie the game at 3-3. Washington went ahead in the bottom of the fifth when senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) scored from second base on a two-out error, plating what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Cooper pitched a complete game in the circle for the Shorewomen, settling down nicely after her rocky first inning and allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five batters en route to improving to 4-0 on the season. Spohn was the only Shorewoman with multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Hannah Reese was the only Muskie with multiple hits, also going 2-for-3. Haley Dotson was the tough-luck loser in the circle for Muskingum, allowing four unearned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three batters.
Against Thomas More (3-5), it was the Shorewomen who staked out a 3-0 lead in the first inning off a two-run home run by senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch taken by sophomore Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie). The Saints got two of the three runs back in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Mamee Salzer and an error which plated Salzer from second. A two-out single by Dallis Knotts and an error during the play allowed Sammy Sagers to score a run to tie the game at 3-3. Junior Trish Langley (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) put the Shorewomen back in front, 4-3, with a two-out RBI single in the top of the third. Spohn added Washington's fifth run with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth.
The Saints tied the score again in the bottom of the fourth as Salzer hit an RBI single and Knotts scored on an error following a wild pitch. Spohn put the Shorewomen in front again with an RBI ground out following a Patinella triple in the top of the sixth, but the Saints leveled the score at 6-6 as Knotts drove in Ana Walter with an infield single following a triple by Walter. The Shorewomen scored another go-ahead run with one out in the top of the seventh as freshman Gabby Edwards (New Castle, Del./St. Georges Technical) drove in senior Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) with a single to center field. In the bottom of the seventh, a two-out double to right center by Walter plated both Eva Sandmann and Kayla Fulcher to give the Saints the win.
Walter went 3-for-4 with two RBI, three runs scored, a walk, and a double for Thomas More. Knotts was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Salzer finished the game 2-for-4 with a doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Salzer also got the win in the circle, pitching all seven innings and allowing seven runs on 11 hits and six walks.
For the Shorewomen, Patinella went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a home run, two runs, and a two RBI. Spohn was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Langley added a 2-for-2, one RBI performance at the plate. Anderson took the loss in relief, allowing three runs, just one of them earned, on five hits and a walk in two and two-thirds innings. Junior Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) made the start in the circle and just one of her five runs allowed were earned. She walked four batters and allowed five hits in four innings. The Shorewomen committed six errors in the game.
The Shorewomen finish their stay at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, playing Coe at 10:00 a.m. and Mount St. Joseph at 12:15 p.m.