WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall plated a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 victory over McDaniel in the first round of the 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament on Friday.
The fourth-seeded Diplomats (15-20) advanced in the winner's bracket and will play Gettysburg, which defeated Washington (Md.) 9-0 in six innings in the day's other first-round game, on Saturday at approximately 1:15 p.m. The top-seeded Green Terror (24-16-1) and Shorewomen will meet in the tournament's first elimination game on Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner of Saturday's first game will come back to meet the loser of the second game in the second elimination game on Saturday at approximately 4 p.m.
Tayler Hishon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) led McDaniel on Friday with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including leading off the second inning with a home run to left field.
Katie Wenger paced Franklin & Marshall with two hits, including the go-ahead single in the sixth inning.
Trailing 1-0 Lexi Piccinich laced a ball back up the middle with one out in the fourth before taking second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Wenger popped a ball up between second base and right field that fell in off the fielder's glove to tie the game.
Sam Clemens singled to lead off the sixth before a miscue on a bunt attempt put runners at first and second.
After a sacrifice put both runners in scoring position, the Green Terror was able to successfully execute a rundown and cut down the would-be go-ahead run.
Wenger, however, reached on an infield single, scoring Taylor Long for a 2-1 lead.
Kelly Van O'Linda knocked a ball through the left side to score Megan Ryan for a 3-1 lead.
Hishon and Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) led off the seventh inning with back-to-back ground ball singles to bring the potentially winning run to the plate.
A fly ball out allowed Hishon to take third but Franklin & Marshall doubled off Kipe attempting to take second when the ball went all the way through to third.
A throwing error allowed Hishon to score and make it a one-run game but Izzy Schaefer got her second strikeout of the day to strand the tying run at first base and give the Diplomats their first tournament win in their first try.
Kipe joined Hishon with two hits. Fiona Johnson (Derwood, Md./Magruder) fanned four and did not walk any in the complete-game effort in the circle.