BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – The Lyndon State College Softball team picked up their first two wins of the season Saturday in a doubleheader at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Hornets took the first game 6-2 before a 14-0 (5 inn.) victory in the second game. The wins mark the first career victories for head coach Greer Lemnah.
Senior Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) was phenomenal inside the circle for the Hornets, allowing only six hits and one earned run over her 12 innings of work. Sheridan also smashed two hits at the plate and scored three runs on the day. Freshman Lily Stinehour (Lunenberg, Vt.) led the Hornets at the plate going 3-for-7 on the day while scoring four runs and batting in three.
Sophomore Kaylene Murphy (Randolph, Mass.) led the Buccaneers with two hits and one run. Rachel Gardner (Bourne, Mass.), Emily Bacchiocchi (Wareham, Mass.), Cassie Sanderson (North Dighton, Mass.), and Carli Thomas (Brewster, Mass.) each registered a hit for the Buccaneers. Thomas took the losses inside the circle, striking out a total of 12 batters over both games.
The host Buccaneers jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead in the opener when Murphy doubled and then scored on Gardner's two-out single.
However, the visiting Hornets took the lead for good with a three-run third inning rally highlighted by a steal home by Kylie Valentine (Barnet, Vt.) before RBI singles off the bats of Sheridan and sophomore Cori Sousa (Amherst, N.H.). Lyndon added three more tallies in the fourth on an RBI single by junior Mindy Carl (Newport, N.H.), a fielder's choice groundout by Stinehour and another steal of home by sophomore Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.).
The Buccaneers plated their second run of the opener in the fifth on a bases loaded walk to sophomore Carli Thomas to account for the final margin.
Lyndon plated the only two runs it would need in its first at-bat of the nightcap on a throwing error and an RBI single from freshman Julia Kearney (Medford, Mass.) Kearney extended the Hornets' lead in the third with a two-run single to right. The visitors iced their second game triumph with a pair of five-run outbursts in both the fourth and fifth frames, as junior Brooke Dolloff (Rumford, Maine) drove in three runs with a single and triple while Stinehour added a two-run double. The Hornets also received a run-scoring groundout by Carl and took advantage of a pair of errors and three wild pitches in their final two at-bats.
The Hornets (2-10) host a doubleheader with St. Joseph (Vt.) Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Buccaneers (1-5) host Daniel Webster for a doubleheader next Thursday at 3:30 p.m.