Clermont, FL - The bats of the D'Youville Spartans Softball Team came to life Friday afternoon as they defeated the Ripon College Redhawks in a slugfest by the final score of 10-8.
D'Youville wasted no time in putting on an offensive showcase. Leadoff hitter Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School) started off the game with a single, advancing to second on a fielding error. Alison Hall (Cheektowaga, NY/Depew) then singled to drive Monin to third. The Spartans executed a double-steal, with Hall taking second and Monin taking home, giving D'Youville an early 1-0 lead. Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) reached base on a fielders choice, and then MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) doubled to advance DeVantier to third and driving in the team's second run in Hall.
Ashley Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) walked to load the bases for D'Youville. Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) stepped to the plate and knocked a single to center field which brought Kehlenbeck and DeVantier home. McHenry advanced to second on the throw, and Colan advanced to third. The team went once around the order in the first, forcing a pitching change. Stephanie Duermeyer (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) entered as a pinch hitter for Monin to end the inning.
Ripon responded in the bottom half of the inning, putting 3 runs back on the board with a 3-run home run. The Redhawks trailed at the end of the first 6-3.
The second inning would fail to produce a run from either team, but D'Youville would put up another run in the third. Hannah Turek (Depew, NY/Lancaster) walked to begin the inning, advancing to second and then third with the next 2 outs. Sarah Marino (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels Academy) then reached base on a fielding error by the third baseman, which gave Turek the opportunity to score, extending the Spartans lead to 7-3.
Again the Redhawks would answer with a run of their own in the bottom half of the third, cutting the lead to 7-4. Amanda Drake (West Winfield, NY/Mount Markham) got the run back in the fourth inning, hitting her first home run of the year to left center. Hall would then reach base after hitting a double just 2 batters later. DeVantier followed up Hall's double with a walk. Turek came to the plate and hit a single through the right side, scoring Hall and advancing DeVantier to second. Both runners would advance a base after a wild pitch, and then Colan would be walked to load the bases. The inning would end on a strikeout, leaving 3 runners on base.
Ripon entered the bottom of the inning down 9-4, but would work to cut that lead down. A single from the Redhawks would give them another run to bring the deficit to 4. With the bases then loaded a few batters later, 2 straight walks would give Ripon 2 more runs before the inning ended with Ripon down 9-7.
D'Youville would strike out 3 consecutive times in the 5th inning, opening the door for the Redhawks to even the score. After loading the bases with no outs, the Spartans allowed Ripon to put another run on the board on a fielding error, making the game 9-8 D'Youville. Two straight forceouts at home would keep the Redhawks from scoring in the inning, with the final out coming from a caught line drive to the pitcher.
DeVantier would single in the 6th inning, with Laura Wilkinson (North Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) coming in to pinch run. D'Youville wouldn't score in the inning and neither would Ripon, leaving the game to the final inning.
McHenry starting the inning off with a single, advancing on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. After a Marino walk, Jessica Banning (Amherst, NY/Amherst) reached base on a fielding error by the right fielder, loading the bases. Hall worked a walk, forcing in McHenry from third and extending the D'Youville lead to 10-8. Ripon wouldn't get a hit in the next inning and failed to cross the plate giving the Spartans a 10-8 win.
Contributions came from several players on the D'Youville offense. McHenry and Hall each accounted for 2 hits and 2 runs, with McHenry and Marino each driving in 2 runs. Monin, Kehlenbeck, Drake, Turek and DeVantier each had 1 hit and 1 run for the team. Colan worked 2 walks from the Redhawk pitchers and also accounted for a run. Monin and Marino each stole a base as well.
Turek earned her first win of the season, pitching 4 innings allowing 6 runs and striking out 1. Banning picked up her first save of the season in 3 innings of relief, allowing no runs and striking out 1 batter.