GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Haverford scored three runs in the fifth inning to break a scoreless deadlock and defeat McDaniel 5-0 in the first round of the Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament hosted by Gettysburg on Friday.
Alicia Wagner (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) recorded two hits to lead the second-seeded Green Terror (21-19-1), who will faceoff against top-seeded Gettysburg in Saturday's first elimination game at 10 a.m. With the forecast for rain on Sunday, the decision was made on Friday to alter the schedule and move the start time up one hour in hopes of playing as many games as possible on Saturday.
Emma Souter led the third-seeded Fords (20-11) with three hits. Haverford will meet up with fourth-seeded Washington in the winner's bracket game immediately following the McDaniel-Gettysburg game on Saturday.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Nicole Swisher drew a walk before a Jessica Koshinski double to the gap scored Swisher with the game's first run.
A Julia Blake single just inside the first-base bag plated Koshinski and pushed the lead to 2-0.
After a wild pitch, Emma Souter singled back up the middle for a 3-0 advantage.
With bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Temma Levis grounded a ball up the middle that bounced off the second-base bag to score two runs and set the final margin.
In the bottom of the sixth, Carly Deichman (Easton, Pa./Freedom) poked a one-out single through the left side for the 100th hit of her collegiate career. She, however, was stranded at second base – one of nine runners left on base through the first six innings, including the bases loaded in the fifth.
Levis went the distance with the shutout for the Fords, recording five strikeouts.