Baseball and Softball catch wins against Diplomats approaching the end of their season

By Lauren Zedlar

Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, April 17, the Washington College baseball team competed in a double-header at Franklin and Marshall College against the Diplomats. Both of these games were Centennial Conference games for the Shoremen. 

The Shoremen scored the first run of the game, but the Diplomats responded with three runs in the first, one in the fifth, and then four more in the sixth. 

The Shoremen cut the Diplomat’s lead to 8–4 after two RBI sacrifice flies and a walk. But the Diplomats ended up scoring twice more in the eighth to secure their win against the Shoremen at 10–4. 

During the second game of the day, the Shoremen dominated early in the game by achieving a 2–1 lead by the third inning. The Shoremen scored an additional three runs after an RBI by junior Max Ruvo and errors by the Diplomats. 

The Shoremen scored their final run after another fielding error by the Diplomats. The Diplomats scored twice more in the ninth to shorten the Shoremen’s lead, but could not manage to overcome them. 

The final score of the game was 6–2, Shoremen.

Junior starting pitcher Jonah Frankel had his season-best performance during this game, only allowing one run during five innings. Frankel was also named Shoremen of the Week because of this game.

“After dropping the first game, it became a must win case scenario for us,” junior Henry Butterfield said. We played an outstanding game two and were able to take care of business and win.” 

After the double-header on Saturday, the Shoremen faced the Diplomats again on Sunday, April 18 at Athey Field. 

The Diplomats held a 1–0 lead over the Shoremen until the seventh inning when the Shoremen tied up the game after an error by the Diplomats. In the ninth inning, junior Ben Ruvo hit a triple and was batted in after a walk-off hit by senior Aaron Deutsch. 

The game ended at 2–1, Shoremen. The Shoremen’s Conference record is now 6–4 and their overall 13–6. 

Their next double-header is on Saturday, April 24 against the Muhlenberg College Mules at the Athey Field. This will also be Senior Day for the team.  

On Saturday, April 17, the Shorewomen competed in a double-header at Franklin and Marshall College against the Diplomats.

During game one, the Shorewomen took a 2–0 lead in the third inning that was short lived when the Diplomats scored five runs in the bottom of the third. 

The Shorewomen came back after senior captain Grace Moery hit a two-run homer and errors by the Diplomats making the score 7–7. In the top of the ninth inning, freshman Lexi Barnhard hit a single scoring junior Megan Robbins to win the game at 9–8 for the Shorewomen. 

“Our team keeps referring to the word resilient as a description of our attitude toward this season and our work-ethic,” senior Julia Hallman said. “We may have a small roster, but we are full of talent all around and fight no matter what is thrown at us. We are super excited to keep pushing ourselves to new limits throughout the rest of the season.” 

Later in the day, the Shorewomen played game two against the Diplomats. The game was tied 1–1 at the end of the first inning after Moery hit a double, scoring junior Alyssa Vieira.

Vieira secured the game for the Shorewomen batting in two runs with a double, making the score 3–1. The Diplomats scored one more run but failed to score in the seventh inning.

Vieira was also named the Shorewomen of the Week for her performance in this game.

The final score of game two was 3–2, Shorewomen. After these games, the Shorewomen’s overall record is now 6–8. 

“These were great games to be a part of,” senior captain Amelia Mazza said. “We played with a tremendous amount of heart, battling back and forth in the first game and holding them off in the second to secure the wins. I am so proud and thankful to be able to play with this group of girls.”

“Yesterday’s games were crucial for us this season and I’m really proud of how we performed,” sophomore Lexie Witmer said. “Playing against the first-placed team [in the Centennial Conference], we knew it was going to be a battle until the end, so we had to come out firing.  

The Shorewomen’s next double-header is at home on Saturday, April 24, versus Muhlenberg College. This will also be Senior Day for the Shorewomen. 

Featured Photo caption: Senior Jackson Kingman readies himself to bat. Photo by Mark Cooley.

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