Instead of opening the year at a tournament in North Carolina, rains forced the EMU softball team to change plans. They travelled instead to Salisbury, MD, to take on the perennially powerful Sea Gulls. Salisbury made quick work of the Lady Royals, sending them home with a pair of losses.
Salisbury 6, EMU 0
The opener was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Sea Gulls scored four times with two outs. They added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Lady Royals had a double in each the third and fifth innings, but their best chance to score came in the sixth when they loaded the bases with nobody out. A foul out, strikeout and grounder left them scoreless, however.
Salisbury 10, EMU 2 (5 innings)
Eastern Mennonite scored first in game two. Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) led off the second with a single and eventually scored an unearned run.
Salisbury opened the bottom of the frame with four straight singles, and then EMU's defense unraveled and committed four errors. Seven runs scored to push the Sea Gulls in front, 7-1.
Hensley ripped the first pitch she saw leading off the third over the left center field fence, trimming the deficit to 7-2. But Salisbury scored one more in the third, then plated two unearned runs in the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.
EMU committed five errors in the nightcap, as half of the Sea Gulls' runs were unearned. Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) started in the circle but was chased after 1.1 innings after being tagged for six runs. Lauren Campbell (Stuarts Draft, VA/Stuarts Draft) and Smith both pitched in relief.
Hensley had EMU's first homer of the year. Allman finished 1-2 with a run scored. Sigrist and Casey Racer (Madison, VA/Madison County) had the women's other hits.
Now 0-2, the Lady Royals head to Virginia Beach next weekend for four games at the Beach Blast. Play starts Friday at noon against No. 8 Christopher Newport.