Softball Takes First Two From Hamilton

April 13, 2013

Middlebury (15-6, 4-1) swept a pair from NESCAC West rival Hamilton, taking game one 4-2, while topping the Continentals 10-1 in six innings in game two. Although the games were at Middlebury, the Panthers were the visiting team as the series was moved from Hamilton (7-17, 1-7) due to poor field conditions. The teams return to action playing the final game of their three-game series at 11 A.M.

Elizabeth Morris (7-1) struck out six and allowed one earned run as Middlebury picked up a 4-2 win in game one. Jessica Poracky gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first when she singled in Jackie Stern who had tripled.

Hamilton tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Olivia Gozdz doubled to lead off the inning and was moved to third on a bunt. She later scored on a field error to tie the game at 1-1.

Back-to-back singles by Kimber Sable and Stern led off the third, before Jessica Hoffman belted a two-run triple to give her team a two-run lead. Hoffman crossed the plate on a groundout to second by Carlyn Vachow to make it a 4-1 game.

Hamilton chipped away in the fourth, adding a run to make it 4-2 contest. Ellie Kiernan singled and was bunted to second before Monique St. Jarre drove her in with an RBI single.

The Continentals threatened in the seventh, but Sable made a great diving catch down the left field line and then doubled up the runner at first to end the game.

Stern finished the game 3-4 with two runs scored, Hoffman drove in a pair, while Emily Kraytenberg doubled. Six different players had hits for Hamilton, including Gozdz’s double. Kelly Leonard (4-10) took the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits over seven innings.

In game two, the Panthers scratched a run across in the third on a Poracky RBI single. Middlebury blew the game open in the fifth scoring four runs for a 5-0 lead. Stern and Hoffman singled and were both driven in by a Poracky double for a 3-0 lead. Vachow followed with her own double, scoring Poracky. After a Hamilton pitching change that brought reliever St. Jarre into the circle, Emily Kraytenberg knocked Vachow home with an RBI single.

Leading 5-0 heading into the top of the sixth, the Panthers pounded out five more runs, on six hits, to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Similar to game one, Sable and Stern opened a scoring inning with singles. Hoffman followed with her own single, plating Sable. Poracky knocked a single scoring both Stern and Hoffman for an 8-0 lead with no outs. Christina Bicks pinch ran for Poracky. A one-out walk to Sarah Boylan moved Bicks to second. Alex Scibetta followed with a single through the left side scoring Bicks. Later, with the bases loaded and two outs, another Sable single pushed Boylan home for the Panthers’ tenth run of the game.

Middlebury hurler Alexa Lesenskyj got to the sixth inning unscathed, but the Continentals put their biggest threat together in the home half of the inning. After a fly out, Melissa Kaknis walked and Sam Miller singled. Later with two down, St. Jarre punched a single up the middle to load the bases. Lesenskyj plunked Lisa Faraci forcing home Kaknis. Lesenskyj settled down with the next batter,  enticing Leonard into a weak grounder to third, to end the game.

Middlebury pounded out 15 hits in game two. Poracky had three hits including a double with five RBI. Sable finished with three singles, an RBI and scored two runs, while Stern, Hoffman, Kraytenberg and Scibetta each collected two singles. Lesenskyj earned the win evening her record at 4-4, scattering seven hits and striking out one.

Gozdz was Hamilton’s lone multi-hit player, going 2-3 with a single and a double, while Kaknis had a double and scored a run. Started Amy Appel (2-4) took the loss went four innings, allowing five earned, while St. Jarre pitched the final two, also allowing five earned, adding a pair of strikeouts.