WESTMINSTER, Md. – It took extra innings in both games to decide a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader between McDaniel and Haverford. Ultimately, each team was able to take advantage of a miscue to split on Saturday.
The Green Terror (21-11, 10-4 CC) took the opener 3-2 in nine innings before the Fords (19-9, 8-4 CC) returned the favor with a 3-1, 10-inning victory in the nightcap.
Jill Schnall led Haverford with a pair of hits in game two.
Tied at 2-all in the opener, Maring drove a ground ball that hopped through the legs of an infielder and got all the way to the wall, allowing her to reach second.
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) laced a line drive just out of the outstretched reach of the Fords' second baseman, who had snagged a pair of line drives earlier the game, and scored Maring with the game-winning run.
The Green Terror struck first in the game after Sidney won a nine-pitch battle in the bottom of the first inning to draw a leadoff walk.
After stealing second and moving to third on a groundout, Maring put a ball into the swirling winds that landed in shallow right field, allowing Sidney to score for a 1-0 lead.
Two hit batters and a two-out RBI double from Dayle Comerford – Haverford's lone hit of game one – knotted the game in the top of the fourth inning.
A wild pitch on a strikeout allowed pinch-runner Emily Winesett to score from third base and give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Sidney beat out an infield single to lead off the sixth inning before once again stealing second and taking third on a ground out.
This time, Maring laid down an unexpected bunt, reaching first safely and scoring Sidney to knot the score at 2-all.
Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) fanned 11 batters to pick up the victory in game one.
In game two, Brehm and Winesett benefitted from a large strike zone, striking out 12 and 14 batters, respectively. The pitchers' duel prevented a runner on either team from reaching third base through the first nine innings.
With the internationally tiebreaker taking effect in the 10th inning, Brittany Stevenson was placed at second base as a pinch-runner.
A strikeout and sacrifice move Stevenson to third base before a fielding error – McDaniel's fourth of the nightcap – allowed Elizabeth Newman to reach, prolonging the inning and scoring Stevenson to break the scoreless deadlock.
Schanll followed with a single to put runners at the corners before stealing second.
A Julie Garlick single to left scored both runners for a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, pinch-runner Roxana Aviles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) was placed at second base before scoring on a Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) double to the wall in center field.
After a flyout to right field for the second out, Stricker appeared to have moved up to third base but the Fords appealed and she was ruled to have left early, ending the game.
The Green Terror, who will need one win next weekend at Washington (Md.) to assure itself a playoff berth and is alive to host the tournament with a sweep and help, returns to action at home against Stevenson on Tuesday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m.