Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville Softball Team brought the lumber Monday afternoon in the team's first conference doubleheader, defeating the Franciscan Barons in game one 9-1 and in game two 12-2.
In the first game of the doubleheader, D'Youville quickly made it known that it would be a tough go for the Franciscan pitcher. As she does nearly every game, Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School) got on base after drawing a walk to start off the bottom of the first. Alison Hall (Cheektowaga, NY/Depew) and Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) both reached base to load the bases with slugger MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) coming up next. The hard hitting shortstop blasted a double, scoring Monin and Hall. Ashley Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) then singled to load the bases. Pitcher Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) then did as Kehlenbeck did and belted a double, scoring DeVantier and Kehlenbeck.
With only an out in the inning, Sarah Marino (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angles Academy) earned a walk. With the bases loaded yet again, Monin stepped up to the plate for the second time in the inning and drove in McHenry and Colan with a single. The Spartans ended the inning with a 6-0 lead, taking a firm hold on the game.
D'Youville would get back on the board in the third with Monin picking up her 3rd RBI of the game, bringing in Amanda Drake (West Winfield, NY/Mount Markham) after she cruised in for a triple. Franciscan would answer in the top of the fourth with their first run of the game, but the Spartans would get the run back in the bottom of the inning, with Colan bringing Kehlenbeck home on a single. The inning would end with D'Youville leading the Barons 8-1.
In the fifth inning, Marino would reach base after being hit by a pitch. She would advance to third thanks to a double by Drake. Monin would then tally her 4th RBI of the game on a deep sac-fly to center, ending the game with the score 9-1 through 5 innings.
With her team high 4 RBIs, Monin played an outstanding game. Her 2 hits tied Colan for the team lead, and also earned a walk. Kehlenbeck scored 2 runs to lead the team and was tied with McHenry for second on the team with 2 RBIs. Of all 9 players that played for the Spartans, 8 recorded a run and 7 tallied a hit. McHenry picked up win number 6, pitching a complete game, striking out 7.