The Wesley College Women's Softball team headed to Myrtle Beach for the week of Spring Break to compete in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. This is the third year in a row that Wesley has made the trip to Myrtle Beach. Three games in, the Wolverines stand at 2-1 in the tournament and 4-1 overall.
The team had a rocky start on March 9 when they faced the Principia Panthers. The Wolverines fell behind early with the Panthers scoring four runs in the first inning and one run in the second. Wesley did the best they could at the plate. Steph Caracozza and Devin Mackay each had 2 hits in the game while the rest of the team brought in seven more for nine hits in the game. A ray of hope shined in the third inning, when the Wolverines drove in three runs. The team would not score again in the game and would lose 6-3 in the tournament opener.
Mackay took the loss. She allowed only three hits, struck out four batters and allowed no earned runs. Lindsay Siok came in as relief, striking out three more and allowing no earned runs.
March 10 was a new day for the Wolverines and the team was ready to take in the Baptist Bible (Pa.) Defenders. Sarah Saunders went three for three at the plate, hitting two singles and a triple and scoring two of the teams four runs. Morgan Seymour and Ashly Bendorovich each added two hits to the team total as well as each driving in an RBI. Seymour also collected two stolen bases in the game. These hits helped lead the team to their first win of the tournament, defeating the Defenders 4-3.
Lily Engel took the win. She allowed only three earned runs but struck out seven of the 32 batters that she faced. This is Engel's second win of her career.
Game two put the Wolverines against the Bay Path College Wildcats. The Wolverines went out to an early lead, when Nina Marcano stole second and Lindsay Siok stole home. The top of the third inning brought some trouble for the Wolverines when a Wildcat double brought in three RBI's. The Wolverines did not accept being down two runs. Marcano started her hitting streak with a triple that scored pinch runner, Olivia DeGraba. Alora Wilson followed the triple with a double and Marcano scored. A run by both teams in the fourth kept the game tied into the fifth inning.
Marcano hit a home run to put Wesley on top in the fifth. The Wolverines then went to work extending their lead in the sixth inning and scored three runs on three hits.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the seventh but it was not enough to force the Wolverines to bat again. Wesley ended the day with the win, 8-6.
Mackay took the win and the save, allowing only one earned run.
Coach Juli Greep commented on the teams play so far. She stated, "We are finding ways to win but we have yet to play our best ball. We look forward to getting back on the field and continuing to grow as a team."
The women will return to the diamond, tomorrow morning, March 11 at 9:30 AM when they face Cazenovia in their fourth game of the tournament.