Reath Helps Softball Women Split With Emory & Henry

Sydney Reath pitched for the win in the second game, while being involved in every offensive scoring play for her team. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Sydney Reath pitched for the win in the second game, while being involved in every offensive scoring play for her team. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's bats came alive in game two of their ODAC split with Emory & Henry Saturday at home, restarting an offense that had only scored a combined four runs over their previous three games. The Royals got their first conference win in the game, and stand at 13-3 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC.

Eastern Mennonite returns to the home field Sunday in a game that now has an earlier start time. The women host Guilford College, with first pitch being moved up to 12:30pm because of potentials rains in the Shenandoah Valley.

Emory & Henry 2, EMU 1
The opener was a tight duel, with miscues figuring into all three of the unearned runs.

The Royals took the lead in the second after Sydney Reath (Chambersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) reached on an error. Savannah Jones (Stanley, Va./Page County) followed with a triple to right, bringing in Reath. But Jones was thrown out at home when she tried to score after an overthrown attempt at Reath.

Emory & Henry tied it up in their next at-bat, after a misplayed, two-out single allowed a runner to score from first.

The Wasps snuck in a run in the top of the seventh, getting a two-out single combined with an extra base after another fielding error. EHC's Caley Hodge ripped a double to center to plate the run, giving the visitors their first lead at 2-1.

Jones hit a one-out double in the bottom of the frame, but back-to-back outs snuffed out EMU's final chance.

Lauren Seale (Madison, Va./Madison County) started in the circle and fell to 5-2 with the hard-luck loss. She struck out six and both of EHC's runs were unearned.

Jones had two of EMU's four hits. Reath and Alexa Sheets (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) had the others.

EMU 6, Emory & Henry 2
In the nightcap, the women again got on the board first, this time courtesy of a two-out Wasp error in the bottom of the first. Emory & Henry tied it with a leadoff homer in the second, but the Royals went back in front when Reath jacked a two-run bomb to left in the third.

The middle of EHC's order did damage again in the fourth, getting a double and single to start the frame, cutting the lead to 3-2. Reath helped her cause in the bottom of the frame, hitting a two-run double to left with two outs. She then scored from second when Jones reached on muffed throw by the Wasps' first baseman, making it 6-2.

Over the final three innings, Reath re-took control from the circle, working around a double in the each of the fifth and sixth innings to get the win.

The sophomore improved to 6-0 with the complete game win. At the plate, she batted 2-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Seale and Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) each had two hits and scored a run. Mariah Foltz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) touched home twice. Taylor Hensley Orange, Va./Orange County) had a single and walk.

Coach J.D. McCurdy said his team responded well to a tough opponent: