North Adams, MA - The Lyndon State College softball team traveled to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Wednesday, and came up short in both ends of a doubleheader against the Trailblazers. MCLA took the opener, 14-0, and followed up with a 10-3 victory in the nightcap. The Hornets fall to 0-6 on the season, while MCLA imporves to 4-12.
Game 1 - MCLA 14, Lyndon 0
MCLA pitcher Kara Adams (Walden, NY) was the story in the first game, as she allowed only a first inning single to the Hornets' Kia DeWitt (Pittsburgh, NH) and a pair of walks. Meanwhile the Trailblazers posted five runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back. Adams also contributed at the plate, scoring four runs and collecting a pair of hits. Alanza Quinones (North Adams, MA) also picked up a pair of hits and drove in four runs for the hosts.
Adams picked up the win while only striking out one batter but keeping the ball in play. DeWitt went three innings and took the loss for Lyndon, allowing ten hits, striking out three, and walking five.
Game 2 - MCLA 10, Lyndon 3
Lyndon got their offense going in the top of the first inning in game two. DeWitt delivered a single, then scored on Madeline DeGroot's (Canton, ME) two out double to right. DeGroot came around to score on a single from Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH), and the Hornets had an early 2-0 lead.
The lead would turn out to be short lived, as MCLA's Kaitlyn Berghela (Watervliet, NY) led off the bottom of the first with a triple, then scored on a wild pitch. Four straight singles produced three more runs, and the Trailblazers led, 4-2, after one.
Kaylyn Holliday (Catskill, NY) homered in the bottom of the second to make it 5-2, MCLA. The Hornets answered with a run in the top of the third when DeWitt led off with a walk and eventually scored on Cassie Black's (Tolland, CT) single. That would prove to be as close as the Hornets would get, however, as Lyndon would not manage a baserunner over the final four innings. Meanwhile MCLA strung together five straight singles, resulting in three runs in the bottom of the fourth, and tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth.
Berghela and Holliday were the hitting stars for MCLA, as Berghela knocked out three hits and Holiday picked up a pair of hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair. Samantha Feinstein (South Yarmouth, MA) went the distance to pick up the win for the Timberwolves, while Roberts also went wire to wire and was tagged with the loss.
The Hornets were scheduled to play at Newbury College tomorrow (Thursday), but that doubleheader has been moved to Sunday, April 29th. Lyndon is now scheduled to play next on Saturday afternoon, when they will host Castleton University in their home and North Atlantic Conference opener. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm. MCLA will host Bay Path College on Thursday.