Wheaton edges McDaniel, 3-2
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Amanda Poplaski went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Wheaton (Mass.) to a 3-2 victory over McDaniel in non-conference softball action at the Rebel Spring Games on Tuesday.
Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) led the Green Terror (3-4) with a 3-for-4 showing from the plate and an RBI.
Katy Salka added a hit for the Lyons (5-3) and drove in the tying run in the fifth inning.
Trailing 2-1, Poplaski reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning before stealing second.
Jenna Rocha followed with a walk before a double steal moved the runners to second and third with no outs.
After a popout, a Salka ground ball allowed Popalski to score the tying run before a throwing error also allowed Rocha to score with the go-ahead run.
Rachel Merrick pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and around a two-out hit by pitch in the seventh to pick up her first save of the season.
Poplaski manufactured a run in the home first inning to stake Wheaton to a 1-0 lead.
After a leadoff bunt single, she stole second. After stealing third, she was able to come home on a throwing error.
A Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) sacrifice bunt put the runners at second and third with one out.
A Lauren Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) RBI groundout plated Mertz before Warrenfeltz singled to score Blohm and give the Green Terror a 2-1 advantage.
McDaniel returns to action against Westminster (Pa.) on Thursday. Game time is 11 a.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - R H E
McDaniel (3-4) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 - 2 6 3
Wheaton (Mass.) (5-3) 1 0 0 0 2 0 x - 3 8 1
Sara Erlichman, Erinne Warrenfeltz (6) and Leigh Blohm; Lesley Warn, Rachel Merrick and Valerie Tratner, Nicole DeRosa (5), Tratner (7). WP: Warn (3-1). LP: Erlichman. S: Merrick (1). SO-BB: Erlichman 3-2, Warrenfeltz 0-1; Warn 2-2, Merrick 0-1.