CLERMONT, Fla. – McDaniel took advantage of four Messiah errors to salvage the final game of a tripleheader at the Dot Richardson Spring Games in non-conference softball action on Thursday.
The Green Terror (7-4) took the night game in its first of two straight three-game days 6-3 over the Falcons (5-5), nearly 11 hours after dropping two games in the morning. Hope defeated McDaniel 4-0 before Bethany (W.Va.) topped the Green Terror 9-0 in five innings.
Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) led McDaniel in its finale, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Rachel Sidney (drew a walk to lead off the third inning before she was moving towards second on a full-count pitch to Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central). The defense still elected to attempt to get Sidney at second but she was already there and the ball bounced into center field to put runners at second and third.
Maring followed with a double to the gap in left-center for a 2-0 lead.
McDaniel took advantage of a two-out error in the fourth to bat around and tack on four runs.
Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning – one of three she was hit by in the game before Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) drove a ball to center to put runners at first and second.
With two outs, Galati was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a throwing error allowed Maring to reach second and pinch-runner Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) and Stricker to score for a 4-0 lead.
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) followed with a single through the right side that scored Galati and Maring for a 6-0 lead.
A Krista Ammon single, sacrifice, Courtney Allen walk and Brooke Pompeo bases-loaded hit to right field made it a 6-1 game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
An Allen walk, Amanda Jones single and Jayme Babczak double accounted for the final margin in the bottom of the seventh.
In the day's opener, Autumn Ander led off the bottom of the first inning with a bunt single for Hope.
Jenna Maury followed with a sacrifice attempt but the throw went high putting runners at the corners.
Peyton Wells poked a single through the right side to score Ander for a 1-0 lead.
The Green Terror was able to record an out when Wells attempted to swipe second but was tagged out going back to first. In the process, though, Maury scored for a 2-0 advantage.
Two errors, including a dropped popup, allowed Maury and Wells to reach in the third inning before both scored on an Emma Page triple to the gap in right-center for the final margin.
McDaniel was limited to three hits in the game but also drew three walks. Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) struck out 10 in the complete game.
Bethany's Ashlee Needy drew a one-out walk in the top of the first before Kayla Kelly followed with a double to put runners at second and third.
A two-out single from Sarah Coss staked the Bison to a 2-0 lead.
A Deanna Mihalco single and two-out double from Jessica Kusnierz made it a 3-0 game in the second.
A two-run single up the middle by Muhalco keyed a four-hit, three run third inning that pushed the advantage to 6-0.
Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) recorded three strikeouts of three batters faced in relief in the fourth inning before four singles led to three more runs in the fifth inning for the 9-0 final.
Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) recorded both hits for McDaniel in the second game.
McDaniel concludes its trip with another tripleheader on Friday. The Green Terror takes on Keene State at 11 a.m. before facing Plymouth State at 3 p.m. The day concludes against Carleton at 6 p.m.