Sidney records five hits
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel put up multiple runs in two innings of each game to capture a doubleheader sweep of York (Pa.) in non-conference softball action on Wednesday.
In the final tuneup for the Green Terror (23-15) in advance of this weekend's Centennial Conference championship tournament, Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) recorded five hits over the two games to lead the offense. McDaniel took the opener 6-1 before completing the sweep, 9-7.
Hannah Hugel paced the Spartans (11-32) with four hits on the day.
Tied at 1-all in game one, Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
One batter later, Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) sacrificed her to second.
With two outs, Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) reached on an infield single before a throwing error allowed her to take second and Baumgardner to score for a 2-1 lead.
Sidney followed with a ball over the first-base bag to score Blohm and stretch the lead to 3-1.
Sneering drew a walk to lead off the fifth inning before being lifted for pinch-runner Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western).
Baumgardner stole both second and third before scoring on a Leigh Blohm infield single. A second throwing error allowed Blohm to take second before scoring on a Sidney single through the right side for the 6-1 final.
Sidney and Galati led off the bottom of the first with singles before Maring drew a walk to load the bases. A throwing error allowed Sidney to score with the game's first run before an out was recorded.
A Kayleen Bell one-out double to the wall in the third, Hugel infield single and Aryn Johnston RBI groundout knotted the game.
Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) picked up her first win of the season, striking out two batters in five innings of work. Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) pitched the final two innings in relief, fanning five. Entering in Armacost's spot in the batting order, she also picked up her first hit of the season with a sixth-inning single.
Trailing 7-5 in the nightcap, Maring drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) followed with a single up the middle to put runners at first and second and force the third of four game-two pitching changes.
Lindsey Blohm followed with a single into right field to score Maring. Both remaining runners were able to take an extra base on throws around the infield.
Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) followed with a ball to second that turned into a fielder's choice when everyone was safe, including Stitely at the plate to knot the game at 7-all.
Pinch-hitter Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cordozo), who had arrived in the second inning after presenting her Senior Seminar with Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) during the first game, lined the second pitch she saw back up the middle and into center field to sore Blohm and Justice with the go-ahead runs.
Brehm came on in relief of Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) to start the fifth inning and struck out four batters around a strikeout-wild pitch and fielder's choice. She finished with seven strikeouts for the three-inning save – her first of the season.
A walk and hit batter followed by a Sarah Harris infield single loaded the bases for York in the top of the first inning.
Payton Hill followed with a single to left that scored both runners for an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Sidney led off with a single through the right side before Baumgardner drew a walk.
Fletcher roped a double to the right-center gap to score tie the game at 2-all.
Maring followed with a four-pitch walk to chase the Spartan starter.
Stitely drew another walk to load the bases before a walk to Blohm forced in Fletcher for a 3-2 advantage.
A Justice RBI groundout scored Maring for a 4-2 lead.
A pair of errors coupled with two infield singles tied the game at 4-all in the top of the second.
Baumgardner led off the bottom of the frame, reaching on a dropped fly ball before later scoring on a Stitely two-out single to right for a 5-4 edge.
A walk to Cara Rubinaccio, Hugel bunt that went for a single and Jena Ruby single loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth.
With one out, Payton Hill lined a ball into right field that rolled to the fence for a triple and 7-5 lead.
In addition to Sidney's three-hit game one, Galati and Leigh Blohm had a pair of hits.
Sidney, Baumgardner, Stitely and Lindsey Blohm all had two knocks in game two. Fletcher picked up the win with three strikeouts in five innings
The Green Terror opens the double-elimination conference tournament against Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 10 a.m. at Muhlenberg.