Sidney records four hits in split

Rachel Sidney (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Sidney (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – McDaniel took a 5-1 victory in game one to claim a Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament berth before Washington (Md.) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to forge a doubleheader split and punch its ticket with a 5-4 win on Saturday.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) recorded two hits in each game to lead the Green Terror (25-13, 11-5 CC), who will have to await the results from Sunday's Haverford-Gettysburg doubleheader to learn its seed. By virtue of the Shorewomen (25-11, 11-5 CC) taking game two, Muhlenberg will host the four-team, double-elimination tournament for the second year in a row next Saturday and Sunday.

McDaniel will earn the No. 2 seed if Haverford drops both games but will fall to the No. 3 seed with at least one Ford victory. Haverford earns the No. 2 seed with a sweep while a Ford split gives Washington the No. 2 seed.

Lauren Dockrill paced the Shorewomen with three hits.

Trailing 1-0 on a Kylie Nottingham single and Dockrill RBI double in the third inning, Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) led off the fifth inning with a bomb over the left-field fence to knot the game at 1-all.

Sidney reached on a two-out infield single before Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) went yard for a 3-1 lead.

Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) reached on a strikeout-wild pitch to lead off the sixth before giving way to pinch-runner Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills).

A Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) single put runners at the corners before Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Stricker followed with a single to score Mertz before a wild pitch allowed pinch-runner Roxana Aviles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) for the final score.

Sidney, Baumgardner and Stricker each had two hits in the opener.

After doubles from Sidney and Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) gave McDaniel a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning of game two, Caitlyn Kirby drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the frame.

After she was lifted for pinch-runner Gina DeAngelis, Nottingham reached on an infield hit to put runners at first and second.

A ground-rule double from Dockrill plated DeAngelis with the game-tying run before Kristin Cooper drew a walk to load the bases.

Paige Briganti followed with a bloop hit to score Nottingham with the game-winning run.

A Brigati single, fielding error and Christine Anderson triple staked the Shorewomen to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Stricker led off the fourth with a single before Sneeringer walked.

After Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) reached on a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners, Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) was hit by a two-out pitch to load the bases.

Sidney followed with a single to left field to plated Stricker and a fielding error allowed Armacost and Kipe to both score and Sidney to reach third and tie the game at 3-all.

Sidney and Maring had two hits each in game two.

Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) struck out 11 batters on the day to raise her career total to 1,024 entering the conference tournament.