by Emily Sierra Poertner
The Maroons’ softball traveled to Randolph College this week where they split a double header. Roanoke won the first game 4-1 against the Wildcats, but lost the second 1-3.
While the majority of the first game saw quick innings, with both teams getting very quick outs, the Maroons had a few exciting scoring moments.
Roanoke’s first score came from the first at bat of the second inning. Rachel Guilliams homered to right field. The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. With two women on base, Randolph’s Rachel Hickman singled to center field. Because of an error by center fielder Taylor Carter, Rebecca Montgomery was able to score an unearned run.
In the top of the sixth, the Maroons scored three more runs. Guilliams walked, Katie Priester singled to left field then Mattie Morris was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Becca Hicks came in to pinch run for Morris, and Randolph made a pitching change.
At the next bat, Becca Wenger singled down the right field line, allowing Guilliams and Priester to score. Before the inning ended Hicks scored an unearned run by taking advantage of a passed ball.
Randolph took an early lead in the second game of the double header. With Teresa Wagner pitching for the Maroons, Randolph’s first two batters got on base. After two outs, the Wildcats’ Dianne Davis singled through to left field allowing a teammate to score. In the next at bat Hickman doubled scoring the two Wildcats that were on base. This put Randolph up 3-0 early.
While Roanoke experienced a lot of one, two, three innings, there were a few points where the Maroons had a chance to shorten the lead. In the third inning, the Maroons had the bases were loaded with only one out. Katie Smith singled on a fielder’s choice, getting Kerstin Roth out at home. On the next at bat, Smith was out on second, ending the inning.
In the seventh inning, the Maroons started to stir again thanks to several errors by the Wildcats. Wenger singled then Hicks came on to pinch run for her. In the next at bat, Megan Jenkins reached on a fielder’s choice and Hicks was out at second. Meador came on to run for Jenkins.
Taylor Carter reached first on an error and Meador advanced to second. Erin Forbes singled up the center then was able to advance to second on a bad throw. Meador was able to score an unearned run. This was the only run the Maroons were able to score in the second game.
The Maroons’ softball team is now 11-13 this season, 2-2 in ODAC. Randolph is now 13-11, 3-5 in ODAC.
In their next match, they’re traveling to Lynchburg College who are 9-11 overall, 2-2 in ODAC. On April 6, the Maroons will return home to face Emory and Henry, another ODAC team. Emory and Henry are 10-14, 3-1 in ODAC.