The Shippensburg University softball team played two doubleheaders this week against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponents Shepherd and Bloomsburg.
The Raiders split the first doubleheader on Tuesday against the Rams. Wednesday, the Raiders hosted the Huskies and won both games of the doubleheader.
In the first game of the Tuesday doubleheader, the Rams struck first in the first inning. Hannah Beeler hit a double to left center field, and Nicole Purtell scored. The Rams took a 1-0 lead.
The Raiders struck back in the third inning when Taylor Myers hit a single that got into left field. Hannah Marstellar and Caitlyn Martell scored, and the Raiders took the lead 2-1.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Rams scored again with an RBI single to tie the game 2-2. In the sixth, the Raiders broke the tie when Katelyn Minney hit an RBI Single and Kaira Zamadics scored the go-ahead run. The Raiders took the first game of Tuesday’s double header 3-2.
In the second game, the Rams scored two runs in the first inning. Purtell hit a homerun to left field which gave the Rams an early 1-0 advantage. The Rams scored one more time when Caitlin Donnelly hit a single to right center field the runner on third base came across and extended the Rams lead 2-0.
In the Raiders’ half of the inning, Marstellar hit a two-run homerun to left field to tie the game 2-2. In the top of the second inning, the Raiders’ defense held the Rams scoreless. Then in the bottom of the second, Emilee Sullivan scored after Weaver reached on a throwing error. The Raiders took the lead 3-2.
In the third, the Raiders scored twice with a base hit that scored a run and a walk with the bases loaded. The runs gave the Raiders a three-run advantage. In the fourth inning, Marsteller hit another two-run home run her second homerun of the game. After the two-run blast, the Raiders led the Rams 7-2.
From that point on, things started to take a downward turn for the Raiders. The Rams scored three runs in the sixth inning, the first of which was driven in when Mantz doubled to right center field.
Lauren More scored and the Rams cut the lead down to 7-3. Later in the inning Purtell hit a single that got through the right side of the infield two runs scored and the lead was cut to 5-7.
The Raiders’ defense was able to get out of the inning and held a two-run lead into the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh inning, the Rams took the lead and scored four runs. Alex Mantz doubled to right centerfield. The tying run came across home plate, and the game was tied 7-7.
The Rams took the lead later in the inning on a defensive error, and Isabella Forte reached base on an error by the Raiders’ third basemen. The error allowed Mantz to score and the Rams to an 8-7 lead. The Rams scored one more run in the inning when Liciardello scored on a wild pitch. The Rams ended up taking the second game of Tuesday’s double header 9-7.
On Wednesday, the Raiders hosted Bloomsburg Huskies. In the first game, the Huskies struck first when Emma Little hit a single, which allowed one run to score and gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Marsteller hit a homerun to left to tie the game up at 1-1. The score remained 1-1 through the seventh inning and went into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Taylor Myers tagged up and scored the winning run from third. The Raiders won the game of the double header 2-1.
The Raiders held on to their lead and won the game 5-3. The Raiders were scheduled to play Holy Family on Sunday, but the games were cancelled. The Raiders will travel to West Chester on Tuesday for a double header against the Rams first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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