MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Wesley College's softball team improved to 8-2 on the season with victories over SUNY Canton and Medaille on Thursday afternoon at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. The Wolverines run-ruled the Kangaroos, 14-2 in five innings, before using a big fifth-inning to defeat the Mavericks, 7-4.
Opening the day with SUNY Canton, Wesley fell behind, 1-0 after the first inning but scored twice in the second to take the lead and never looked back. Sarah Saunders led off the frame with one of her four hits of the game and advanced to third on the play after an error by the centerfielder. Ashly Bendorovich then drove her in with a sacrifice fly to tie the score and Breanna Hartman doubled in Kayla Fromal who walked just prior to give Wesley the advantage.
Pinch runner Casey Beall tacked on another run in the third after running for Devin Mackay who singled earlier in the inning. Beall advanced during the inning on another single by Saunders and scored on a passed ball.
SUNY Canton got that run back in their half of the third but Wesley erupted for nine runs on seven hits and two errors in the fourth and scored two more in the fifth on RBI singles by Saunders and Alora Wilson. During the Wolverines fourth-inning onslaught, battery mates Lindsay Siok and Nina Marcano delivered with two-run doubles, while Saunders, Bendorovich and Steph Caracozza all drove in runs.
Siok went the distance in the circle to pick up the victory, allowing no earned runs on just six hits while striking out five.
Game two was a toughly contested battle throughout as Wesley faced the Mavericks Amanda Mesi, who threw a no-hitter the day before. Medaille got to Wolverines right-hander Lily Engel for a run in the first inning but Wesley let her off the hook as Fromal drove in Caracozza with a single in its half of the inning.
The score remained deadlocked at one for the next three-and-a-half innings when the Wolverines took the lead in the fifth on a RBI double by Marcano. Scoring on the play was Hartman who had doubled to start the inning.
Needing some extra insurance, Wesley got it in the sixth with five runs on seven hits in the fifth. Five different players drove in runs during the frame, including Brook Creighton. Siok and Saunders closed out the rampage with back-to-back RBI doubles to give the Wolverines a 7-2 advantage.
Medaille gave Wesley a bit of a scare in the seventh with two runs but Engel got Kiera Diana to fly out to end the game.
The Wolverines close out their spring break trip on Friday, March 14 with games against Albertus Magnus at 9:30, followed by Cairn later in the day.