Stitely goes 4-for-4 in sweep to open trip
MINNEOLA, Fla. – McDaniel opened its trip to the Dot Richardson Spring Games with a 10-2, six-inning victory over Western New England before needing nine innings to defeat Ramapo 5-4 in softball action on Sunday.
Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) went 4-for-4 to lead the Green Terror (5-1), including the game-winning, pinch-hit single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) recorded 32 strikeouts, including the second-best total in program history with 19 in the nightcap.
Alexis Bukowski led the Golden Bears (1-2) with two hits and a two-run home run in the first game.
In game two, Jaclyn Lima led the Roadrunners (1-3) with two hits of her own.
A six-run second inning keyed McDaniel's opening victory. Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) led off the inning with a walk before Stitely drove a single through the left side.
After a fly out, Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) dropped a ball just inside the right-field line to load the bases before Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) roped a bases-clearing double to the wall in left field.
After she took third on the throw home, Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) followed with an infield single to score Sidney for a 4-0 lead.
Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) followed with a single for the 6-0 lead.
Stitely drew a walk to lead off the third before taking second on a wild pitch. Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Carroll) followed with a single off the wall in center field for a 7-0 lead.
Maria Fernandez bounced a two-out single back to the pitcher before Bukowski cleared the left-field fence to make it a 7-2 game.
Fletcher roped a one-out single before pinch-runner Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) scored on a Stitely single to make it an 8-2 game in the fourth.
Baumgardner drew a walk to lead off the visitor sixth before a Stitely one-out single put runners at first and second.
Sneeringer poked a ball through the left side to load the bases before a wild pitch allowed Baumgardner to score for a 9-2 lead.
A Jamie Weisser (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) pinch-hit single up the middle scored Stitely for the final margin.
In game two, both pitchers worked in and out of trouble all day before Galati was placed on second base to start the bottom of the ninth.
Maring drew a walk before Stitely came to the plate with two outs and runners at second and third. Stitely fouled off two 3-2 pitches before singling just out of the reach of a diving shortstop to score Galati with the game-winning run.
Sidney drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the first before taking second on a wild pitch. After moving to third on a groundout, a Maring sacrifice fly staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead.
Melanie Walling drew a lead off walk in the second and took second on a passed ball. A two-out Melissa Morena single tied the game at 1-all.
A double steal with an 0-2 count and two outs put the Roadrunners in front 2-1 in the top of the third before a Walling RBI single stretched the lead to 3-1.
Back-to-back doubles from Sidney and Galati put runners at second and third in the bottom of the inning before Sidney scored on a Maring RBI groundout and Galati came home on a Baumgardner single to left to knot the game at 3-all.
Sidney roped a two-out triple in the third before scoring on a Maring single through the left side.
Lima reached on an infield single before stealing second and taking third on a sacrifice bunt.
Kim LaPenta followed with a one-out single to knot the game once again.
McDaniel returns to action against SUNY Plattsburgh and Western Connecticut State on Monday. The Green Terror takes on the Cardinals at 3 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. matchup with the Colonials.