DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College softball team stumbled at home to the 25th-ranked Salisbury Sea Gulls in doubleheader action at DuPont Field on Tuesday.
It was Wesley's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer game raising awareness for pediatric cancer and raising funds for various organizations. Prior to the doubleheader, sophomore Kelly Palmer threw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of her friend Meghan Johnson, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2017, from Glioblastoma Brain Cancer at the age of 18, just five days shy of her 19th birthday.
Game 1 – Salisbury 14, Wesley 5 (5 inn.)
Wesley couldn't hold an early lead in the and were victims of a nine-run third inning to drop the opener, 14-5 to Salisbury.
Miranda Kinney, Ashley Royer and Bianca Newsom all went 2-for-3 in the game. Royer ripped a double down the left field line in the first. Kinney drove in a pair of runs on a single to right field in the first inning and scored twice in the loss.
Amanda Curry brought in Royer in the first with an RBI single up the middle. Newsom also registered an RBI with a bunt single in the third inning that allowed Kinney to scamper home from third base.
Madeira Alexander had two home runs and four RBIs for Salisbury.
Game 2 – Salisbury 11, Wesley 4 (5 inn.)
Facing another early deficit, Wesley was unable to climb out of the hole against Salisbury. The game was called at the end of the fifth inning due to darkness.
Alexis Howerin knocked her first career home run in the second inning on a two-run shot to left center field. Howerin, Brandi Dalious, Brooke Retkowski and Gabriella Monzo each collected two hits in the nightcap. Dalious and Monzo recorded RBI doubles in the second and third innings respectively.
Alexander had a homer and a triple in the second game for Salisbury.
Wesley (11-11) will look to rebound on Saturday when they open Atlantic East Conference play at home when they face the Marywood Pacers in a doubleheader. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start.