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Scardina notches two hits in finale

Morgan Scardina (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Morgan Scardina (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg's first hit of the game was a home run, keying a 5-2 victory over McDaniel in the first elimination game of the 2018 Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament on Saturday morning.

Morgan Scardina (Pasadena, Md./Seton Keough) led the second-seeded Green Terror (21-20-1) with two hits and – for the second day in a row – ranged to left-center to make an outstanding catch with multiple runners on base.

Sarahrose Jonik kept the top-seeded Bullets (22-14) alive in the double-elimination tournament with a three-run home run in the third inning.

Scardina led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle. After moving to second on a sacrifice, she came around to score on a Tayler Hishon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

Sophia Blasius drew a one-out walk in the top of the third before a throwing error put runners at second and third. Jonik followed, sending a 3-1 pitch out to right-center for a 3-1 lead.

After leaving two runners aboard in each of the first three innings, McDaniel loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth but Liz Cowell ranged back and caught a flyout over her head to keep it a 3-1 game.

Megan Coyle (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) drew a walk to lead off the fifth before Carly Deichman (Easton, Pa./Freedom) walked with one out.

A Haley Michael (Oldsmar, Fla./East Lake) bloop single into center loaded the bases for Alejandra Mata (Miramar, Fla./Cooper City), whose RBI groundout closed the deficit to 3-2.

However, another ranging grab by Cowell in center stranded two more runners on base – part of 12 runner left on for the Green Terror.

A Shelby Baker leadoff walk in the sixth, Nicole Farese two-out bunt single and a Madison Cannatelli pinch-hit single pushed the lead back to two.

Jonik walked to lead off the seventh before a Taylor Doi bunt went for a basehit. A one-out Meredith Taylor single up the middle set the final margin.

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Deichman has two hits
April 25, 2018 Deichman has two hits