Clermont, FL - The D'Youville softball team remained undefeated early in their young season, defeating the St. Scholastica Saints 10-3 and walking off against the Dominican Start 3-2 on Sunday morning.
D'Youville began the day against the Saints and wasted little time getting on the board. Madisyn Pepke (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) beat out a bunt to earn a single in the first inning, then stealing second and advanced to third on a Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) single. The two then executed a delayed double steal with Langer forcing a throw from second and Pepke taking home for an early 1-0 lead.
Langer would later score a run of her own in the third as Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) doubled to right to extend the lead to 2-0. St. Scholastica would get a pair of runs back in the bottom of third to tie the game at two, but D'Youville would respond soon after.
Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence), Pepke, and Langer reached base with no outs to begin the fifth. Haberer would then reach on an error to bring in a run. Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) would pinch hit and drive in Langer to extend the lead to 4-2. One batter later, Maya Blackwell (Rochester, NY/Gates-Chili) would pinch hit and plate another run on a double. She would then come around to score two batters later as Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) helped force an error that allowed Blackwell to score and make the score 6-2.
The bases were again loaded for D'Youville in the top of the seventh with Carly Milleville, Rylie Russo (Lake View, NY/Frontier), and Jamie Bower (Middleport, NY/Royalton-Hartland) all reached base. Mikaela Milleville would then drive her sister and Russo in to increase the lead to 8-2. Three batters later, Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) would come up big as she singled to score two more runs as the Spartans led 10-2.
St. Scholastica would get a run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Spartans would go on to win their third consecutive game by the score of 10-3.
Haberer led the way for the Spartans as she picked up her second win of the season by going 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight. She also went 1-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Pepke and Mikaela Milleville led the way by going 3-4 while Langer went 2-4. Carney, Losardo, Russo, Blackwell, Bower, and Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) each tallied a hit while Losardo, Carly Milleville, Blackwell, and Mikaela Milleville all tallied RBI as well.
Game two of the day against Dominican didn't start off nearly as well with the Stars scoring six in the top of the third. D'Youville would answer back with a run as Pepke drove in Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) with the Spartans trailing 6-1.
The Spartans got back in the game in the bottom of the fifth as the offense came to life. Both Milleville sisters reach base with no outs as Carly scored first on a wild pitch. Carney would then walk, stealing second and Mikaela would score on an error with the women trailing 3-6. Pepke would then single, coming around to score with Carney as the women trailed by just a run at the end of the fifth.
In the bottom of the seventh, Pepke led off the inning with a single, followed by a Langer single that put Pepke on third. Langer would then steal second as Haberer was then intentionally walked. Goodrich would come back to bat and single in the game-tying run with Pepke crossing the plate. A wild pitch in the next at-bat would allow Langer to score as the Spartans walked off to win the game 7-6.
Goodrich came up huge for D'Youville in the win, coming in for 4.1 innings of relief and allowed no runs, striking out five for her first win of the season - also adding two hits and the game-tying RBI. Pepke had a huge game for the women, scoring two runs and went 4-4. Langer, Carly Milleville, and Mikaela Milleville all tallied hits while the team had five walks as a team. Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) continued her strong play at shortstop while Laura Gregory (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy) pitching 2.2 innings in her second start with the team.
The next pair of games come tomorrow as the women will play North Park at 3:45pm and Alfred at 6:00pm.