GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Dickinson softball team fought for ten innings in game one before dropping a 3-2 decision to the host Gettysburg College and then dropped the nightcap in five by a score of 9-1 at Bobby Jones Field on Thursday evening.
Game One - Gettysburg 3, DEVILS 2 (F/10)
W - Paige Forry (7-4) | L - Lindsay Kucker (4-6)
Inside the Game
After Dickinson went down in order against Forry to start things off Gettysburg took the lead right off the jump against Riley Kuehn when Giovanna Komst knocked a pitch over the center-field wall. Two batters later Jess Campana picked up a single, before being driven in by a double from Allegra DeCandia for a 2-0 edge through one.
The bats for both sides went quiet over the next three innings as Gettysburg would record a few hits, but not score while the Devils remained hitless into the fifth.
However, in the fifth Kucker and Paige Hahn each notched singles to begin the frame. Then, Brooke Espenshade laid down a sac bunt to put runners in scoring position for Zoe Kleeblatt. She racked up the third hit of the inning plating one. The next batter was Hannah Brenner and during her at-bat Kleeblatt swiped second and on that play pinch-runner, Emma Varella raced home on the throw to tie things at 2-2. Brenner and Jen Klepfer would be retired by Forry to hold the score.
The Red and White tried to grab the lead in the seventh as Espenshade, Brenner, and Klepfer all reached without recording a hit with two down, but Devon Kueny grounded out to third to stall the rally. The Bullets put two on with one away versus Kucker, fortunately, she was able to get a fly out and strikeout to send the game to extras.
Neither side was able to mount much pressure until the tenth. In that inning, a runner was automatically placed on second and for DC the runner was Kleeblatt. She advanced to third on a sac bunt for Brenner, but Klepfer and Kueny were set down to allow no damage. Kucker gave up a walk and got two flyouts to put her one away from forcing an 11th. She walked Julia Smith, before Komst smacked a single to left-center scoring the winning run.
Game Two - Gettysburg 9, DEVILS 1 (F/5)
W - Paige Forry (8-4) | L - Riley Kuehn (5-9)
Inside the Game
This time it was Dickinson who struck first as Celia Vinacco and Hannah Seburn produced back-to-back doubles off of Forry to take an early 1-0 edge. However, for the second game in a row, Komst began things with a bang taking Kuehn deep for the second time to leadoff the last of the first. GC added one more with a sac fly from DeCandia scoring Lauren O'Leary after she was hit by a pitch.
Two doubles in the second led to the Bullets making it 3-1 and knocking Kuehn from the circle in favor of Kucker. A double along with a pair of walks filled the bags for the home side in the third leading to two runners scoring on an Elliana Hopple single to center extending the margin to 5-1 heading to the fourth. Two base hits for the hosts during the fourth resulted in Varella taking over for Kucker. She however walked consecutive hitters to force in one, before Hopple legged out an infield single to drive home another. The Bullets would walk it off in the home-half of the fifth as they loaded the bases with no one out leading to a two-run single to left-center for Olivia Moser to push the lead to 9-1 and ending the contest.
After the first inning, the Devils would not record another hit as their only two base runners would be a walk to Seburn in the fourth and a hit batter (Brenner) during the fifth.
The Red and White (9-20, 2-8 Centennial) continue conference action on Saturday with a trip to Collegeville to battle the Bears of Ursinus College beginning at 1 p.m.