KISSIMMEE, FL – The Washington College softball team split a pair of contest in the Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola County Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon in non-conference softball action. The Shorewomen downed the three-time reigning New England Men's & Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champions Coast Guard, 13-0 in five innings, but fell to Waynesburg in the second game, 2-1. The Shorewomen are now 5-1 on the season.
Against Coast Guard (1-1), the Shorewomen wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first. Freshman Paige Briganti (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) doubled home junior Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) for the game's first run after Kylie Nottingham hit a lead-off double.
In the top of the second, Washington plated six two-out runs to take a 7-0 lead. Kylie Nottingham singled home senior Lindsey Glascock (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg) to make it 2-0 and Kylie Nottingham along with Briganti came around to score on a two-run two-bagger by sophomore Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, MD/Maryvale Prep). Patinella came home on a double by sophomore Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) for a five-run lead. Sophomore Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) hit the team's third straight two-base hit to knock in Cooper and push the lead to 6-0. Junior Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) hit another double, the fourth consecutive two-bagger, to drive in sophomore Molly Gallagher (Abingdon, MD/Edgewood), who pinch-ran for Anderson to cap the scoring in the frame.
The Shorewomen kept up the offense in the top half of the third as Glascock scored on a passed ball to make it 8-0 with one out and then Briganti drove in her second run of the afternoon when she chased home sophomore Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, MD/Northern) on a RBI base hit. With two away, Cooper socked her second home run of the season, a two-run blast to also score Briganti and pushed the lead to 11-0. Washington added two more runs in the top of the fifth to provide the final margin.
For the Shorewomen versus the Bears, Briganti was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Kylie Nottingham was 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored twice. Cooper was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs. Dockrill went 2-for-3 and Glascock scored twice. Washington had 20 hits in the win. In the circle, Cooper improves to 3-0 with the win. She went all five innings, striking out six and surrendering only two hits. She struck five Coast Guard hitters in a row, striking out the side in the second and the first two in the third.
Kristine Kahl took the loss for Coast Guard as she gave up the first seven runs in two innings.
Versus Waynesburg (1-0), the Yellow Jackets scored in the top of the first inning when Jasmine Blackwell scored on a fielding error by the Shorewomen to make it 1-0. The Yellow Jackets struck for a run in the top of the second when Ashley Clark recorded a one-out RBI single to drive in Theresa Soknich to take a 2-0 lead.
The Shorewomen got a run back in the bottom of the second when Anderson scored on a double steal to trim the Waynesburg lead to 2-1. Washington had Glascock on third in the last of the fifth with one out, but she was left stranded a third. The Shorewomen were retired in order in the last of the sixth and seventh innings and Waynesburg came away with the victory.
Carrie Maier got the win for Waynesburg and is now 1-0. She tossed a three-hit complete game allowing just a run. She walked none and struck out seven. Clark had two of the Yellow Jackets' three hits in the win.
Anderson took the loss for the Shorewomen in the circle and is now 1-1. She allowed two runs, one earned on three hits. She struck out seven, while walking five.
Tomorrow morning, Washington will play Mount St. Joseph at 9:00 a.m. and Sage at 11:00 a.m. at the Rebel Spring Games.