DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College softball team completed their game from February 27 against the Washington College Shorewomen to pick up a 12-3 victory in five innings before falling in a close 5-3 rubber match with the Shorewomen to complete the series on Sunday.
Game 1 – Wesley 12, Washington 3 (5 inn.)
After putting up seven runs in the first two innings of the game on February 27, Wesley tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to help put away the Shorewomen more than 25 days after first pitch.
Washington took the lead in the top of the first inning which Wesley countered with two runs in the bottom half of the first when Miranda Kinney hit a two-run double to score Dori Loukopoulos and Ashley Royer to give Wesley the 2-1 lead.
Wesley kept the bats going in the bottom of the second to the tune of five runs in the inning, all with two outs. Loukopoulos drove in Brandi Dalious from second on a single up the middle. Two batters later, Karina Cardona plated Loukopoulos and Megan DiRubbio on a two-run single to center field. After a hit by pitch extended the inning, Brooke Retkowski drove in two of her own on a single to center to put Wesley up 7-1. The game was halted following the inning due to darkness and weather.
When the game picked back up on Sunday, Wesley continued their hot hitting with five runs in the fourth to push their lead to 12-1. Cardona brought home a pair on an RBI double down the right field line. With two runners on, Brandi Dalious smacked a three-run home run to right center field to cap the inning.
Washington took advantage of two wild pitches to score in the fifth but Loukopoulos got Brittany Walker to strike out swinging to complete the game and put the run-rule in effect.
Dori Loukopoulos got the win and went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Karina Cardona and Brandi Dalious each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Cardona knocked in four runs in the game while Dalious drove in three on her home run in the fourth. Ashley Royer scored three times in the win.
Game 2 - Washington 5, Wesley 3
A back-and-forth pitcher's duel for much of the game didn't go Wesley's way as Washington took game three of the series, 5-3.
Washington put the first runs on the board in the sixth inning when Rachel DiMarcello hit a two-run homer off of Jessica Anderson. After a single, a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, a Brittany Walker RBI single gave Washington the 3-1 advantage,
Wesley responded in the bottom of the sixth when Kelly Palmer took advantage of a bit of indecisiveness on the Washington third baseman on an infield hit by Megan DiRubbio and raced home from third with two outs to cut the Washington lead down to 3-1.
Washington stretched their lead to 5-1 in the seventh when Megan Robbins hit a two-run, two-out single to center for insurance for Washington.
Wesley wouldn't go down without a fight though. With the bases loaded and two outs, Bianca Newsom drew a walk to bring around Allison Mills and chase Washington's Maddie Bennett out of the game. DiRubbio would welcome the new pitcher with a bloop single down the left field line to score Brooke Retkowski and put the winning run at first base. Cardona forced a long at-bat and on a 3-2 count, Rachel Butler would strike her out to end the Wesley threat and leave the tying and winning runs on base.
Jessica Anderson went five innings and gave up four hits, three runs, a hit batter, a walk and a strikeout.
Wesley (11-9) continues their long homestand on Tuesday when they take on their Route 13 rival Salisbury Sea Gulls. The doubleheader is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.