Shorewomen’s Quest For A Second Centennial Conference Championship Comes Up One Win Short

Shorewomen’s Quest For A Second Centennial Conference Championship Comes Up One Win Short

Fall To Haverford In Both Games of the Championship Round, 2-1 in Nine Innings and 5-3

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College softball team came up one win short of capturing its second Centennial Conference Tournament crown in the second and final day of the 2016 Centennial Conference Softball Tournament at the Washington College Softball Field on Sunday.  The Shorewomen advanced to the championship round with an 8-3 win to complete Saturday's suspended game against Gettysburg on Sunday morning.  In the championship round, the Shorewomen fell to Haverford in the first game, 2-1, in nine innings and in the winner-take-all game seven of the tournament, the Fords used a five-run top of the fifth to edge the Shorewomen 5-3 to take the crown.

Washington College 8 Gettysburg 3 (Completion of Suspended Game – CC Tournament Game 4)

How It Happened
-The Bullets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Genie Lavanant singled to center with two outs to drive in both Wendy Folfas and Meghan Hisgen.
-In the top of the third, Washington took advantage of two Gettysburg errors to score five runs.  Maddie Bennett socked a one-out, two-run double to right-center to score Meredith Maynard and Clare Hofstedt to tie the contest at 2-2.  With two outs, Spohn put the Shorewomen ahead for good at 3-2 on a base hit to left-center to plate Bennett.  Three hitters later with the bases loaded, Trish Langley was hit by the pitch to force in Spohn to make it 4-2 and Maynard capped the scoring on a base hit through the right side to score Paige Briganti to give the Shorewomen a 5-2 lead.
-Washington scored twice in the top of the fifth on a two-out base hit by Regan Horan to right that knocked in both Langley and Hofstedt to put WC ahead by five runs at 7-2.
-Gettysburg got one run back in the last of the fifth on a single with two away up the middle to chase in Lavanant to trim the Shorewomen lead to 7-3.
-In the top of the seventh, Hofstedt came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Elaina DiPrimio to make it 8-3.

For The Shorewomen (22-18)
-Hitting: Hofstedt (2-for-5, three runs), Bennett (2-for-3, two walks, two RBI), Spohn (2-for-4, RBI, run, walk), Horan (two RBI)
-Pitching: Taylor Harcum (win 9-10, complete game seven-hitter, three runs, all earned, one walk, two strikeouts)
-Washington had 12 hits, drew three walks and left 12 on base.
-The Shorewomen did not commit an error in the win

For Gettysburg (26-12)
-Hitting: Lavanant (2-for-3, two RBI)
-Pitching: Aileen Reilly (loss 16-7, 4 2/3 innings, 11 hits, seven runs, one earned, one walk, six strikeouts)
-The Bullets had seven hits, worked out a walk and stranded five runners on the bases.
-Gettysburg committed five errors in the game, leading to seven unearned runs for Washington.

Haverford 2 Washington College 1 (9 Innings – Championship Round Game One – CC Tournament Game 6)

How It Happened
-The Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the fourth one a one-out sacrifice fly to deep center by Spohn that scored Bennett who had tripled down the right field line the batter before.
-Haverford took advantage of a dropped pop up to tie the game at 1-1 in the last of the sixth inning on with one out as Julia Blake was able to score from third.
-In the top half of the eighth with DiPrimio on first base, Bennett socked a double into the gap in right-center and DiPrimio tried to score.  However, Haverford right fielder Emily Winesett got the ball at the fence, threw the ball to Blake at second who fired her throw to Kristin Tatum at catcher and Tatum was able to tag out DiPrimio just before she got back to third base to end the inning.
-The Fords forced the winner take all game in the bottom of the ninth with two away as Kaitlyn Guild singled to right-center to score Winesett from second and gave Haverford a 2-1 victory.   

For The Shorewomen (22-19)
-Hitting: Bennett (3-for-4, run), DiPrimio and Harcum (2-for-4)
-Pitching: Harcum (loss 9-11, 2 2/3 innings, five hits, one run, one earned, zero walks, four strikeouts), Bennett (six innings, three hits, one run, zero earned, two walks, three strikeouts)
-Washington had seven hits and left six on base.  The Shorewomen did not draw a walk.
-The Shorewomen had three errors in the game, leading to one unearned Haverford run.

For Haverford (23-19)
-Hitting: Koshinski (2-for-3), Miwa Wenzel (2-for-4), Rachel Wolfson (2-for-5)
-Pitching: Kendall Chambers (win 8-3, one inning, one hit, zero runs, walks and strikeouts), Sara Tauriello (eight innings, six hits, one run, one earned, zero walks, six strikeouts)
-The Fords had eight hits, worked out two walks and stranded nine on the bases.
-Haverford had one error in the game, but did not lead to a WC run.

Haverford 5 Washington College 3 (Tournament Championship Game – CC Tournament Game 7)

How It Happened
-The Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead in the last of the first inning on a one-out base left to shallow left-center by DiPrimio that chased in Briganti by second.
-Haverford would use a five-run top of the fifth inning to grab a 5-1 lead.  The Fords tied the game on a sacrifice fly to left-center by Winesett to drive in Wenzel with one out to even the game.  With two outs, Wolfson put the Fords ahead, 2-1, on an infield single to shortstop to plate Alex Craig.  After a base hit and a walk, Kristin Tatum hit a wormburner ground ball into the game in left-center to score Wolfson, Blake and Guild to put the visitors ahead by four.  All five runs in the inning were unearned.
-In the bottom of the fifth, Washington loaded the bases with one away on an error, infield hit and hit by pitch as Tauriello came into pitch for Winesett.  Allyson Meil scored on a RBI groundout by Bennett to trim the lead to 5-2 before Tauriello got DiPrimio to ground out to Blake at second base to stifle Washington's rally to just one run.
-Down to the final out in the last of the seventh, Hofstedt reached on an error to keep the game going.  Briganti, in her final collegiate at bat, doubled down the left field line to score Hofstedt to trim the lead to 5-3 and sent Bennett to the dish at the game-tying run.  However, Tauriello, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, got Bennett to strike out swinging to end the game and give Haverford the championship.

For The Shorewomen (22-20)
-Hitting: Briganti (1-for-3, double, run, RBI)
-Pitching: Harcum (loss 9-12, 4 2/3 innings, two hits, two runs, zero earned, zero walks, one strikeout)
-Washington had three hits, three walks, two players reach on hit by pitch in the game, while leaving six on base.
-The Shorewomen had two errors in the game and led to five unearned runs for the Fords.

For Haverford (24-19)
-Hitting: Wenzel (2-for-2, walk, run), Tatum (three RBI)
-Pitching: Winesett (win 10-9, 4 1/3 innings, two hits, two runs, one earned, three walks, one strikeout), Tauriello (save 3, 2 2/3 innings, one hit, one run, zero earned, zero walks, three strikeouts)
-The Fords had six hits, drew two walks and left five runners on the bases.
-Haverford had two errors in the game and led to a pair of unearned runs for WC.

Notes
-In the first elimination game of the day, game five, Haverford downed Gettysburg 3-1 to reach the championship round.
-The Fords, who won their second tournament crown in three seasons and third overall, are the first team to win the conference tournament after dropping their first game.
-The 22 wins are the third most in program history for WC, trailing the 2013 (27) and 2014 (26) squads.
-Hofstedt concluded her season with 59 hits, the second most in a single season by a Washington player.  Only Lauren Dockrill '14 had more in a single season as she had 68 in 2011. 
-Briganti finishes fourth all-time in career hits with 165 and Hofstedt was fifth with 159. 
-Today marked the final game for three Washington seniors: Briganti, Hofstedt and Langley.  All three were part of the three Centennial Conference Tournament teams and the 2013 team that won the conference tournament and participated in the NCAA Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y.