Casey Ryder, Staff Writer |
This past Monday, Apr. 25, the softball team defeated Brockport 9-2 in what was the first game of a doubleheader at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
Our Red Dragons got out to an early lead in the top of the first when Julia Serena singled to left field, bringing in Marissa Nagel from third.
In the bottom half of the inning, Brockport came back with two runs of their own. First, with the bases loaded and no outs, Emily Willis-Nersinger grounded out to second and Cameryn Duggan scored from third. Then on the next at-bat, this time with runners on second and third, Amanda Blakely grounded out to second and Olivia Hayden scored from third to give Brockport the lead.
The rest of the game would be one-way traffic in favor of the Red Dragons. Beginning in the top of the second, with runners on second and third, Caroline Koch singled to third base and Aysia Oliver scored from third, while Delaney Haley advanced to third from second. On the following at-bat, Haley made it home off of a passed ball and Oneonta retook the lead.
In the top of the fourth, the bats came alive for Oneonta. Gianna DiGiovanni got the team started off with a single to right field. Following that, Aysia Oliver got on first with a well-executed bunt and DiGiovanni advanced to second. That was followed up by a sacrifice bunt by Delaney Haley. Haley was thrown out at first, but Oliver and DiGiovanni advanced to second and third respectively.
On the following at-bat, Caroline Koch hit a ground ball to third base and after a throwing error by the Brockport third baseman, Koch made it to second, Oliver advanced to third, and DiGiovanni scored to extend Oneonta’s lead to two. A couple of at-bats later with the bases loaded, Julia Serena hit a single to center field and advanced to second while all three runners made it home to put Oneonta up 7-2. On the next at-bat, Sophia Mangone capped off the team’s strong inning by hitting a double to center field, bringing home Serena from second to put the team up by six.
In the next inning, Oneonta was able to pick up an insurance run. Following two strikeouts to start the inning, Delaney Haley got on first off an error by the Brockport third baseman. On the following at-bat with Caroline Koch at the plate, she managed to steal second and later in the at-bat, she advanced to third off a wild pitch. Eventually, with Haley at third and two outs, Koch singled to right field and Haley made it home to put the Red Dragons up 9-2.
For the rest of the game, both teams were unable to capitalize on any of the runners that they put on base and in the end, our Red Dragons took the victory 9-2.
Unfortunately, the team fell 6-5 in the game that followed. However, the team’s record still stands at an impressive 21-10 overall and 12-4 in the conference. Go Red Dragons!