April 13, 2017
The Lock Haven softball team traveled to Mansfield for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 9. The Bald Eagles played Mansfield to a split in PSAC Central play.
The Haven battled with Mansfield all day on Sunday. In game one,Mansfield jumped out to early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, the run coming on a fielder’s choice. From that point on, Mansfield would be stifled like most opponents are against The Bald Eagles starter Bekah Slattery.
Slattery pitched another impressive game and is on a six game winning streak. In the game Slattery only gave up five hits, while striking out seven, and going the distance in a complete game (nine innings.)
The game remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth inning. Lock Haven’s Faith Ceely reached based on an error and advanced to second on the play. Moriah Lindsey then sacrifice bunted, which was fielded by the pitcher and moved Ceely to third base. The next batter up was McKenna Garlock who ripped a single through the left side of Mansfield’s defense. The game was now tied 1-1.
The game played on tied at 1-1 until extra innings. In the top of the ninth, Lock Haven put together some good two out base running and hitting. To get things going in the inning Becca Caputo stood tall in the box and got hit by a pitch, following the hit by pitch Rachel Mouillesseaux singled to right center while Caputo advanced to third on the hit and then Mouillesseaux advanced to second on the throw. Madison Mathes came to the plate next and singled home the eventual game winning run in Caputo, Lock Haven now led 2-1.
Slattery then pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth and Lock Haven picked up the victory in game one over Mansfield with a final score of 2-1.
In game two, the Bald Eagles took the lead in the top of the fourth when Garlock singled to center and drove in Ceely. Lock Haven wouldn’t lead the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth Mansfield responded with three runs of their own, taking a 3-1. The next inning, Mansfield added to their lead by tacking on another two runs. Mansfield led 5-1 after five innings of play.
In the top of the seventh inning Lock Haven showed great fight and put their rally caps on. The Bald Eagles didn’t quit and scored three runs making it a one run game. Mansfield shut the door though and ended Lock Haven’s rally winning game two 5-4, splitting with the Bald Eagles.
Lock Haven also split on Tuesday, April 11 with Shepherd University, winning the first game and falling in the second game of play.
After going 2-2 in the last week, the Haven’s record is 15-15 on the season and 5-3 in PSAC Central play.
The Bald Eagles are in action again at Clarion on Friday, April 14. They are slated for a PSAC Central double header, with a start time of 2:30 p.m.