Our Maroons softball team, which is ranked 16th in the nation, is currently on a seven game winning streak after splitting the games of a double header against Virginia IntermontÂ College at the beginning of last week, and then sweeping both Emory & Henry on 4/3, Shenandoah University on 4/6, and Sweet Briar College on 4/7 in double headers.
In the first game Saturday Maroons starting pitcher, Stepahnie Clark, fell behind Shenandoah batters, giving up five runs in the first two innings, while the Maroons only scored one in the first. After she pitched a scoreless third and fourth inning, the Maroons flexed their offensive muscle, battling back to score six runs in their half of the fourth to gain a 7-5 lead. The inning featured two home runs, a solo shot by Hollee Warlitner, and a three run homer by Meghan Weingard. The last two runs of the inning were scored on a two RBI double by Stephanie Clark. Shenandoah scored one more run in the fifth and the Maroons scored one more in the sixth, and the lead was successfully held onto.
The second game on Saturday was low scoring compared to the first with the Maroons coming out on top by a final score of 3-2. The winning pitcher was Kelly Higbie. The fifth inning featured a solo home run by first baseman, Alea Bier.
On Sunday the Maroons reminded the Vixens of Sweet Briar College why they are ranked # 16 in the nation. The Maroons beat Sweet Briar in both games 10-0. The first game lasted five innings and the second went six innings. Kelly Higbie pitched the first game, not allowing a hit, walking four, and striking out 10. Ashley Crouch took the mound the second game, allowed four hits, and struck out five.
When asked about why the Maroon’s softball team is so successful, catcher Alexis Roop said, “we get along really well, we feed off of each other’s action, and we always have each other’s backs.”Â The Maroons proved how well the build off of each other in the first game against Sweet Briar when in three of the four innings that they scored, they put up three runs, not allowing Sweet Briar to relax in any of the innings.
The Maroons are on a three game road trip and will return to play in Salem on Saturday, 4/20 to play Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00 PM.