Lyndon drops a pair of heartbreakers

Lyndon drops a pair of heartbreakers

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – For the Lyndon softball team, the 2015 season has been marked with bad luck. After losing freshmen Cori Sousa and Tori Maslan to season-ending injuries, and having to endure a month-long layoff, the Hornets have found themselves on the losing in of an extra-inning game in three of their last four starts.

On Thursday, Lyndon battled its way from a pair of three-run deficits, but could not maintain momentum long enough to avoid a doubleheader loss to Plymouth State University. The Panthers won the opener 7-6 in eight innings and took the nightcap 6-3 in eight innings as well.

In Game 1, Abrie Davis swatted a two-run first inning homer to put Plymouth up 3-0. Lyndon scratched out a run in the first inning on a Dakota Crane (Central, S.C.) double before taking the lead an inning later on back-to-back doubles by Taylor Young (Lowell, Mass.) and Jillian Emery (Johnson, Vt.).

Plymouth tied the game at 5-5 in the third and the contest remained tied all the way into extra innings. A Hornet error and a run-scoring single by Nina Murray plated two runs for the Panthers in the top of the eight and Lyndon responded with only one run in the bottom of the frame on a Crane RBI single.

Whitney Roberts picked up the win in relief of starter Callia Abbott, she went six and one-third innings, striking out five and walking four. Murray hammered out three hits in the contest while Davis, Katie Kennard and Emma Rhodes chipped in two each.

Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) went the distance for Lyndon allowing four earned runs on 11 hits while fanning none and walking one. Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) had three hits for the Hornets and the trio of Crane, Young and Brooke Dolloff (Rumford, Maine) had two each.

In Game 2, the contest remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Panthers plated three runs, two on a two-run double by Cynthia Barata. Lyndon answered with a three-run uprising of its own in the bottom of the sixth on RBI doubles off the bats of Emery and Katie Ste. Marie.

A Katie Kennard run-scoring double and a two-run homer by Julia Royer in the top of the eighth sealed the victory and sent the Panthers on to their eighth win of the season.

Jessica Pietersen got the win in relief of Allison Moylan. She went three innings allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three and walking two. Lisa Osborne had two hits in the win for Plymouth.

Sheridan went the distance in taking the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while fanning four and walking four. Crane was 3-for-4 in the contest and Emery added a pair of hits.

Lyndon (6-14, 3-3) returns to the diamond Saturday with a road doubleheader at New England College in Henniker, N.H. Game time is 1 p.m.