Butler Notches First Career Save In Nightcap
DOVER, Del. – Visiting Washington College and host Wesley resumed game two its non-conference softball doubleheader from February 27 on Sunday afternoon at Wesley Softball Field. The Wolverines downed the Shorewomen, 12-3, in five innings due to the eight-run rule in the halted game. The two teams would play another game with the Shorewomen holding off a late rally by Wesley, 5-3. The Shorewomen are now 5-12 on the year, while the Wolverines are currently 11-9.
Wesley 12 Washington College 1 (Game 2 – Resumption of Halted Game from February 27 – Five Innings Due To Eight-Run Rule)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen took the lead in the top of the first inning when Rachel DiMarcello reached on a one out error, with Alyssa Vieira scoring from third on the play.
- Wesley countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Miranda Kinney doubled to left center field, bringing home Dori Loukopoulos and Royer to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead.
- The Wolverines picked up five more runs in the bottom of the second. Loukopoulos pushed the lead to 3-1 with a single up the middle, scoring Brandi Dalious. After a catcher's interference call extended the inning, Karina Cardona singled up the middle, driving home Loukopoulos and Megan DiRubbio to give Wesley a 5-1 lead. Brooke Retkowski then singled up the middle, scoring Cardona and Ashley Royer to push the lead to 7-1.
- The game was stopped after the inning was completed due to weather.
- Washington and Wesley resumed the game on March 24 in the top half of the third inning.
- In the last of the fourth, Wesley scored five times to push the lead to 12-1 on a two-run double by Cardona with nobody away and a Dalious three-run homer with one out.
- Washington got two runs in the top of the fifth as Julia Hallman and Leah Stokes each scored courtesy of a wild pitch to provide the final margin.
For the Shorewomen (4-12)
- Hitting: Stokes (1-for-2, run), Vieira (1-for-3, run), DiMarcello (RBI)
- Pitching: Rachel Butler (loss 2-6, 3 2/3 innings, 11 hits, 12 runs, 11 earned, two walks, four strikeouts).
- Washington committed one error, leading to one Wesley run.
- The Shorewomen had two hits and drew two walks in the game, while leaving two on base.
For Wesley (11-8)
- Hitting: Cardona (2-for-3, two runs, four RBI), Kinney (1-for-2, double, two RBI), Loukopoulos (3-for-3, RBI, three runs), Dalious (2-for-3, two runs, three RBI), Retkowski (1-for-2, run, two RBI), Royer (three runs)
- Pitching: Loukopoulos (win 4-2, five innings, two hits, three earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts).
- Wesley did not commit an error, while working out five hits.
- The Wolverines had 11 hits, drew two walks, had two get hit by the pitch and stranded four runners on base.
How It Happened
- Wesley loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, but Washington pitcher Maddie Bennett got Cardona to pop out to Megan Robbins at shortstop to keep the game scoreless.
- Stokes got the Shorewomen's first hit of the game in the top of the fourth inning leading off, but she was stranded at second.
- Washington had runners at second and third in the top of the fifth with two outs, but the Wolverines got a groundout to end the threat.
- In the top of the sixth, Washington put a three-spot to break the scoreless tie. The Shorewomen would get onto the board on a two-run home run down the left field line by DiMarcello that also scored Stokes after Stokes led off the inning with a single to make it 2-0. It was the first longball of DiMarcello's career and the team's first homer of the campaign. With two away, Brittany Walker singled to right to drive in Jenna Gordon to give the guests a three-run advantage.
- Wesley got onto the board in the bottom of the sixth on an infield single by Megan DiRubbio that plated Kelly Palmer with two outs. After Cardona walked, Royer represented the go ahead run for the hosts at the dish, but Bennett got Royer to fly out to Walker in left to end the frame.
- With two away in the top of the seventh, Robbins would deliver a two-out, two-run single to center to score Alyssa Vieira and Stokes to give the Shorewomen a four-run edge at 5-1.
- In the bottom of the seventh, the Wolverines loaded the bases with one out. Bennett got Miranda Kinney to hit into an infield fly for the second out. Bianca Newsom would work out a bases loaded walk to force home Allison Mills to cut the lead to 5-2 and end Bennett's day in the circle as Butler was summoned into the game for Washington. DiRubbio greeted Butler with a single down the right field line to plate Retkowski and it was a two-run game and got Cardona up to the dish. Butler would end the game however as she got Cardona to strike out looking and Washington came away with the victory.
For The Shorewomen (5-12)
- Hitting: Stokes (2-for-4, two runs), DiMarcello (two-run home run), Robbins (1-for-2, two RBI), Walker (1-for-2, RBI)
- Pitching: Bennett (win 3-5, 6 2/3 innings, eight hits, three runs, three earned, seven walks, three strikeouts). Butler (save 1, 1/3 inning, one hit, one strikeout)
- The Shorewomen had seven three hits and worked out a walk in the game as they left six on base.
- WC had zero errors in the field.
For Wesley (11-9)
- Hitting: Palmer (2-for-3, run), DiRubbio (3-for-5, two RBI), Cardona (2-for-4), Dalious (1-for-2, two walks)
- Pitching: Jessica Anderson (loss 5-4, five innings, four hits, three runs, three earned, one walk, one strikeout), Abbey Mayse (two innings, three hits, two runs, two earned, zero walks and strikeouts)
- The Wolverines had nine hits and worked out seven walks as they left 14 stranded on the basepaths.
- Wesley committed two errors in the field, but did not lead to a Washington run.
- Butler chalked up her first career save in the contest.
3/27 @ Catholic (2) – 3:00 p.m. (Non-Conference Twinbill)
- Teams split a two-fer last year in Chestertown.