Wasps Get By Softball Women

Including her homerun in game two, Mikayla Morris has hit safely in five straight contests. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Including her homerun in game two, Mikayla Morris has hit safely in five straight contests. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's softball women dropped a pair of games at Emory & Henry College Saturday afternoon.  The women slide to 17-13 overall and 5-9 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

The women were orginigally scheduled for back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend, but have rescheduled their stint against Guilford College for Monday afternoon at 3:00. 

E&H 4, EMU 3
Game one of the doubleheader looked promising for the Royals, as they jumped out 1-0 in the top of the first frame. EMU had two runners in scoring position after Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) and Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) both singled to the outfield. Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) singled to center field, bringing home the first run of the game. 

Neither team saw scoring action until the sixth inning when EMU snagged a couple more runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) sent a sacrifice fly to left field, which allowed Michaela Nichols (Luray, Va./Luray) to tag home plate. Makayla Morris (Stanardsville, Va./William Monroe) followed up with a single to center field, allowing Martin to make it 3-0. 

The tide quickly changed for EMU, as the Wasps answered with four runs in the same frame. Emory & Henry quickly loaded the bases with zero outs before Martin came in relief. A pair of doubles ended up being the answer for E&H, as they scored four unearned runs before ending the inning. The Royals weren't able to overcome the one-run defecit and fell 4-3.

Reath started in the circle for the Royals and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out four. Martin (8-4) finished the final 1.0 and allowed one run on two hits.

E&H 8, EMU 5
The Royals were first to get on the board in game two, with Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) reaching first base on a fielder's choice, advancing Reath to third and Brenneman past home plate. This time the Wasps didn't waste time in answering, as they knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. 

EMU got ahead of E&H in the second inning when Morris went yard with one out, 2-1. In the top of the third, Reath was walked and Martin doubled down the leftfield line to get two runners in scoring position. Reath scored after Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) reached first on a fielder's choice. 

The Wasps answered in a big way as they would go on to score four runs in the bottom of the third. E&H kept control in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two, and in the sixth, scoring one to make it 8-3. 

EMU put forth a valid effort in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to come back and win the game. Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) started off the inning with a single, followed up by Reath reaching base off a dropped fly to left field. After a wild pitch both runners advanced with zero outs. Shaheen scored, unearned, after Martin singled to left field. Breeden had an RBI single to left field, making it 8-5. Unfortunately, the scoring would end there as the Royals just fell short. 

Miller and Martin split time in the circle. Offensively, Martin went 2-4 in game two and had one RBI. Reath went 1-3 and added a pair of runs.