Pilgrims take two over Hornets

Pilgrims take two over Hornets

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College softball team finished out North Atlantic Conference play Wednesday evening against New England College at Skip Pound Field.  The Hornets fell 13-0 in five innings in the first game before coming up short in the second game 6-4.

Brooke Dolloff (Rumford, Maine) led the Hornets at the plate with two hits and two runs. 

Game 1

Both teams were at a standstill through two innings as neither team was able to get a player home. However, the Pilgrims changed that in the top of the third with a two-out single from Joslyn Gallagher that plated Rebecca Allen for a 1-0 lead.

The Pilgrims followed that up with eight runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Allen and Gallagher.

NEC added four more runs in the fifth with two-out RBI singles from Brittney Distante and Colleen Holt to bring the score to 13-0.

The Hornets recorded five hits in the game but struggled to string them together.

Gabriella Marcheschi took the win throwing all five innings, striking out four.

Brandi Surridge (East Burke, Vt.) recorded the loss for the Hornets in 3.1 innings of work.  Ashlynn Royce (Danville, Vt.) threw 1.2 innings of relief.

Game 2

Neither team wasted time getting on the board in the second game of the evening.  Allen hit a solo shot to give the Pilgrims a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Hornets answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the day.  Lily Stinehour (Lunenberg, Vt.) knocked a triple to right to bring in Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.).  Cori Sousa (Amherst, N.H.) followed with a ground out to the pitcher that scored Stinehour from third. 

NEC tallied two runs in the second to take the lead back 3-2.  Jamie Ray scored as Christine McNeil stole second base to draw the attention of the defense while Distante scored on a wild pitch two batters later.

Hannah Choiniere (Highgate, Vt.) answered for the Hornets in the bottom of the inning, batting in Dolloff from third to knot the score at 3-3.

After two quiet innings, the Pilgrims took 5-3 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth.  Castellano crossed the plate on a double from Marcheschi, who then advanced to third on the throw home.  Allen followed with a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Marcheschi.

Allen batted in Marcheschi to add another insurance run for NEC in the top of the seventh.

Ken Niemann drove in Dolloff on a double through the left side to bring the Hornets within two, but the Pilgrims retired the next two batters to close out the game 6-4.

Marcheschi relieved Debra Mazzeo to register her second win of the evening, throwing five innings while giving up three hits and one run.

DeWitt took the loss going all seven innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits.

The Hornets (2-26, 0-12 NAC) host St. Joseph (Vt.) Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for a doubleheader to close out the season.

The Pilgrims (18-18, 7-3 NAC) host Brooklyn College for a doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 p.m.