MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Wesley College softball team dropped their first two games of the season in the second day of the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Two runs in the final frame turned out to be the downfall for Wesley in the first game of the day, dropping a 4-3 decision to the King's (Pa.) Monarchs.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning. King's scored first when Lexi Wolk came home on a wild pitch. Following a two-out double by Ashley Royer, Devin Mackay knocked a single to right center field to bring Royer home from second base.
Wesley pushed a run across in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the sixth. In the fourth, Karina Cardona scored from third following a fielding error by the King's third baseman. Nina Marcano plated the run in the sixth when she hit a sacrifice fly to center that brought Brooke Retkowski home.
King's came back to take the 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh when they notched back-to-back two-out singles and then stifled Wesley in the bottom half of the inning.
Royer and Megan DiRubbio each collected two hits for Wesley. Lindsay Siok recorded her first loss of the season in a complete-game effort. Siok struck out three while only walking two and allowing two earned runs.
A six-run seventh inning by Cedar Crest propelled the Falcons over the Wolverines, 12-9 in the final game of the doubleheader on Tuesday.
After a two-run top of the third inning by Cedar Crest, Wesley tallied three runs in the bottom half of third. Following back-to-back singles by Samantha Burns and Marcano, Royer smacked a single to left field to score Burns. Then, Mackay hit a two-RBI single to plate Marcano and Royer.
In the bottom of the fourth, Royer zipped a single to center field to score Burns and Casey Beall to put Wesley up 5-2.
Cedar Crest cut the Wesley advantage to one with a two-run top of the fifth but Wesley responded with two in the bottom of the fifth. Siok led off the inning with a triple to right field and then Alyssa Zimmerman hit a single through the right side of the infield to plate Siok. Zimmerman came around to score when Burns hit a bases loaded single down the left field line.
Cedar Crest then scored eight unanswered runs with two coming across in the sixth and then the six-run seventh inning.
Wesley did get two runs back in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't get enough momentum to overtake Cedar Crest.
Royer and Marcano each recorded three hits for Wesley while Royer knocked in four runs. Burns, Zimmerman and Beall registered two hits. Burns scored three runs from the leadoff position.
Wesley will be back in action Thursday when they take on the Regis (Mass.) Pride and the SUNY-Poly Wildcats. The first game is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.