MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – After a day off on Tuesday, the Wesley College softball team split two games on Wednesday. The Wolverines picked up a 6-0 win over the King's (Pa.) Monarchs before dropping the doubleheader finale, 7-6 to the Wilkes Colonels.
Game 1 – Wesley 6, King's (Pa.) 0
Wesley shut down the King's Monarchs, 6-0 to open their third day of play at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Four runs came across the score in the bottom of the first inning for Wesley. After a leadoff walk and a stolen base by Megan DiRubbio, Ashley Royer drove her in with an RBI single to center field. Three batters later, Gabriella Monzo drew a bases-loaded walk to bring Royer home. Brooke Retkowski would plate the final two runs of the inning with a two-run single that scored Brandi Dalious and Karina Cardona.
Wesley would add runs in the second and third innings to take the 6-0 lead over King's. Amanda Curry led the second inning off with a double to the right-center gap. Then, DiRubbio drove Curry in with a single to right. In the third inning, Miranda Kinney would bring Monzo in all the way from first base with an RBI double to right.
King's had their chances to score in the second and sixth innings, but good pitching and defense would keep the shutout intact. With a runner at third base and two outs in the second, Monzo would catch the King's runner off the base and picked her off third to end the threat in the second inning. With the bases loaded for King's in the sixth, Abbey Mayse would come in for relief of Dori Loukopoulos with one out in the inning. The first batter Mayse faced struck out looking and then Taylor Norris would groundout to third to leave the bases loaded with no runs scored.
Dori Loukopoulos would scatter eight hits and six walks but struck out three batters in 5.1 innings. Abbey Mayse would shut down the final 1.2 innings of the game, only giving up one lone hit to seal the shutout.
Game 2 – Wilkes 7, Wesley 6
Brandi Dalious notched five RBIs in the contest, but Wilkes would stifle a seventh-inning rally by Wesley to escape with a 7-6 win.
Dalious drove in a run in the first and two runs in the third to help Wesley hold a 3-0 lead early in the game. Wilkes capitalized on Wesley errors in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead in the middle innings.
After Wilkes added three runs of insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning, Wesley was looking to mount the comeback.
DiRubbio was able to draw the leadoff walk to start the seventh inning but she was caught stealing second on a good throw from the Wilkes catcher. Loukopoulos followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Royer would draw a walk to bring up Dalious. Dalious would knock a two-run double to left center to clear the bases and bring Wesley within two runs.
After Karina Cardona would get on with a single and Dalious advanced to third base, Bianca Newsom would lay down a squeeze bunt which scored Dalious but Cardona would be out in between third and home to end the game.
Brandi Dalious was a perfect 3-for-3 at the playe with two doubles and five runs batted in. Ashley Royer scored three times and registered two hits while Dori Loukopoulos would add two hits and a run of her own.
Jessica Anderson would strike out four batters but would give up seven hits and six runs (two earned).
Wesley will wrap up their spring break trip to Myrtle Beach when they take on the Rivier Raiders and the Guilford Quakers. The Wolverines open with the Raiders at 9:30 a.m.