April 1 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany softball team dropped both games of a conference doubleheader to Westminster College on Wednesday afternoon. The Green & White fell 4-2 in game one, before dropping the second contest by a 5-4 score in extra innings.
In the first contest of the day, the Titans got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning, striking for three runs in the frame. The Titans never registered more than a single in the inning, posting four hits, including a two RBI base hit by Shelby brown, to take a 3-0 lead.
The Green & White got two runs back in top of the fourth. Deanna Mihalco (Patterson, N.Y./Brewster) led off the inning, reaching base on an error by the Westminster second baseman. After Kylee Clark (Heath, Ohio/Lakewood) came in to pinch run, she was moved to second on a single by Sarah Coss (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara). The pair was then brought in on a two-RBI single from Marissa Bosley (New Martinsville, Pa./Chartiers Houston) to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Bison had a chance to tie the game in the sixth inning, when Emili Garretson (Winfield, W. Va./Winfield) doubled to left-center field with one out in the sixth. Coss then notched her second single of the game, moving pinch runner Aubrey Baehr (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley) to third. However, the Bison couldn’t get the runner home, and still found themselves down a run at the end of the frame.
Westminster would add one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, handing the Bison the 4-2 defeat in the first game.
Offensively for the Green & White in game one, both Coss and Kadie Kelly (Royal Oak, Md./St. Michaels) totaled two hits. Bosley went 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Mihalco and Garretson each added a double.
Freshman Cassie Weiss got the start in the circle for the Bison, pitching her second complete-game of her career. The freshman went six innings while allowing four runs on eight hits. She also posted five strikeouts.
In game two, the Bison once again found themselves on the short end of a decision, as they fell 5-4 in an extra-inning walk off.
The Titans once again came out of the gates first, putting up a run in the home half of the second inning. The Green & White would immediately respond, however, posting three runs in the top of the third. Ashlee Brill opened the inning with an infield single, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kayla Kelly then brought home Brill with a single, and was herself chased home on a RBI double by Mihalco. Garretson then reached on an error which allowed Mihalco to score to put the Bison up 3-1.
Westminster would get a run back in the bottom of the third before both pitchers settled down. Bison senior Kelsey Bish (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) allowed just two baserunners over the next three innings before the Bison plated their fourth run in the top of the seventh. Kayla Kelly once again proved to be the catalyst, reaching base on a one out single before stealing second to put herself into scoring position. Mihalco then brought her home for the second time in the game, pushing the Bison lead to 4-2 on a RBI single.
Westminster would post the comeback, however, getting a two-run home run from Lexi Sheffer in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings tied at 4-4. After the Bison went quietly in the top of the eighth, the Titans posted the winning run in the home half. Nicole Anderson set the table for the walkoff with a double to right, and was brought home one batter later on a RBI single Gabby Butcher. The score handed the Bison the 5-4 defeat, moving their conference record to 2-2 on the year.
Offensively in game two, the Bison were led by a two-hit, two-RBI performance from Mihalco. Kelly also posted two hits, while notching a RBI and two runs scored.
Pitching for the Bison in the second game, Bish went 7.2 innings, allowing nine hits and four earned while striking out four batters.
The Bison will return to PAC action when they travel to Grove City, Pa. on Thursday, April 2. The contest doubleheader with the Wolverines is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.