Harcum Strikes Out Eight Versus Mount St. Joseph
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Washington College softball team dropped its last two games at the Rebel Spring Games at DiamondPlex in non-conference softball action on Friday. The Shorewomen fell to Coe, 6-0, in the morning game and lost in eight innings to Mount St. Joseph, 5-4, in the afternoon contest. WC is now 5-5 on the season.
Versus Mount St. Joseph (6-2), the two teams were tied 2-2 entering the top half of the eighth inning and junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was placed on second per the international tie breaker rule. Hofstedt took third on a wild pitch and would score on a squeeze bunt by junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park). Briganti would score on a two-base hit to left field by freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) to put WC ahead 4-2.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Paige Norton was placed on second base due to the international tie breaker rule and after a walk and a single to left, the bases were loaded with nobody out. Norton scored on a base hit through the left side by Erica Parker to cut the lead to 4-3. The next batter, Danielle Nichelson hit a sacrifice fly to right that plated Alli Lenos to level the contest at 4-4. With one out, Morgan Kain would win the game on a RBI groundout off the bat of Ashley Moore as the throw went to first and allowed Kain to score the walk-off run.
The Lions took advantage of a pair of errors to take a 2-0 lead after the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Kain scored on a throwing miscue and one batter later Nichelson came home on a fielding error to give Mount St. Joseph a two-run lead.
The Shorewomen would benefit from a Lions' error with two away to tie the game at 2-2 as a bad throw allowed freshman Allyson Meil (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) and Hofstedt to score. The game remained tied until the eighth.
Nichelson got the win in the circle for Mount St. Jospeh as she went the entire way. She gave up four runs, one earned, on seven hits and struck out two to improve to 4-0. At the plate, Kain went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Morgan Hoehn had a pair of hits as the Lions had nine in the win.
For the Shorewomen, Spohn and freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) had two hits, while Hofstedt scored twice. The Shorewomen had seven hits in the game. In the circle, junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) took the loss to drop to 0-2 as she entered the game in the eighth. She gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits. Harcum went the first seven innings, giving up seven hits on two unearned runs, walking two and fanning eight.
Against Coe (9-4), the Kohawks got onto the scoreboard in the top of the first inning when with two away Haley Smith doubled to left to score Erin Lang for the game's first run. Coe would make it 2-0 when with two outs Lang came home on a passed ball in the top of the third. In the top of the fourth, the Kohawks made it 3-0 when Gretchen Lilenthal touched home on a throwing error.
Coe scored twice in the top of the sixth on a two-out single to center by Mallory McArtor to score Jacqueline Naeve and Ali Givens to make it 5-0. In the top of the seventh, Marisa Repp came around to score on a two-base hit to right-center by Taylor Riedl to push the lead to 6-0.
Arran Weeces was the story of the game in the circle for Coe as she went the entire way on a three-hitter. She walked two and struck out eight in recording the shutout to improve to 6-1 on the year. Lang and Lilenthal each went 3-for-4 as the Kohawks had 10 hits. Lang scored twice and McArtor plated a pair.
For Washington, freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) had two of the team's three hits. In the circle, senior pitcher Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) took the loss to drop to 4-1. She went four innings, giving up five hits, three runs, one earned, walking two and striking out five.
The Shorewomen open up Centennial Conference play next Saturday, March 21, at Franklin & Marshall. The twinbill begins at 1:00 p.m.