College of St. Joseph's softball team took down the SUNY Delhi Broncos in five innings twice yesterday, winning the first contest 13-5 and the second 16-5. Shelby Fenton recorded a home run in each game and Timell Montgomery slugged her fourth home run of the season in game two against the Broncos.
Jenna Crowley picked up the win on the mound in game one. She threw three strikeouts and allowed seven hits and five runs. Delhi's starting pitcher Haylee Lefebvre took the loss on the mound, as she gave up 11 hits and 13 runs in 3.2 innings.
Five Lady Saints recorded two hits in the contest and all but three players scored one run or more. CSJ recorded 12 hits as a team. The Saints took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Crowley's two strikeouts in the top of the first kept the Broncos' opening chance at the plate scoreless.
Arielys Rodriguez kicked the game off with a double and soon after advanced to third base on a passed ball. Vanessa Quigley's sacrifice fly ball to center field allowed Rodriguez to score the first run of the game. Sierra Jaeger recorded a single and was able to reach second base thanks to an error by the Delhi outfield. A wild pitch by Lefebvre then sent Jaeger to third. Fenton's long single allowed Jaeger to comfortably cross home plate and put the Fighting Saints up 2-0.
Delhi found their offensive groove in the second inning, as they scored four runs off two hits. One run was unearned, as there was an error in CSJ's infield. The Lady Saints proved to be unphased by the 4-2 deficit as their turn at the second inning came.
Kali Drum opened the second with a single that skidded through to right field. Drum advanced to second base when Katie Jenkins reached first on an error by SUNY's third baseman. Ashley Vasas reached first on a fielder's choice and drum was thrown out at third on the play. CSJ's batting order reset and Rodriguez was walked to load the bases. Quigley stepped to the batter's box and hit a timely single that drove home two runs and tied the game up at four, as Jenkins and Vasas rounded the bases.
Lena Tirotta flied out to right field, allowing Rodriguez to reach third base. Jaeger then reached first on an error by the Broncos' shortstop and in the meantime Rodriguez raced across home plate for an unearned run and the game lead, 5-4. Fenton then slugged a three-run homer that soared over the center field fence. The Delhi bench argued for a ground-rule double, but the umpires ruled the hit a home run - Fenton's second of the season.
Crowley struck out one batter in the third inning and CSJ prevented the Broncos from putting a run on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the inning, Jenkins hit a single to reach base for the Fighting Saints. She stole second base and soon after Vasas was walked to put runners on first and second. Rodriguez was then walked to make the bases loaded for CSJ. Tirotta earned an RBI when she reached first on an error by Delhi and Jenkins scored to put the Lady Saints up 9-4. A double by Jaeger earned her two RBI as Rodriguez and Tirotta scored on the play to close the inning.
Jenkins and Rodriguez each had singles in the fourth inning, but neither team recorded a run. CSJ had a 12-4 lead going into the fifth. Delhi recorded two hits and a run in the final inning. Montgomery recorded the Lady Saints' last hit of the day and earned a RBI in the process as her single allowed Tirotta, who reached base on an error, to score the last run of the day and cap the game at 13-5.
Fenton finished with two hits (one being a home run) and four RBI. Jaeger recorded two hits (including a double), two runs and two RBI. Quigley notched three RBI, one hit and one run and Rodriguez had two hits, three runs. Jenkins scored two runs and had two hits and Montgomery hit a single and a double.
In game two, CSJ built a 9-1 lead after three innings of action. Three Fighting Saints went 3-for-4 at the plate: Rodriguez, Tirotta and Fenton.
First-year player McKenzie Ebert collected the win on the mound for CSJ and struck out six batters in the process. She allowed nine hits and five runs. Starter Jenna Lutz took the loss for Delhi, allowing 17 hits and 13 runs in 3.1 innings.
Like Crowley, Ebert started strong and struck out two batters to prevent the Broncos from scoring a run in the first inning of the game. In the bottom of the first, Quigley doubled and Tirotta singled to put runners on third and first base for CSJ. Jaeger's sacrifice fly allowed Quigley to score the first run of game two.
Next, Fenton singled and Tirotta advanced to second base. A couple pitches later, Tirotta boldy stole third base and reached prime scoring position. Montgomery was walked to load the bases for CSJ. Drum then stepped to the batter's box and knocked a double to left field that sent three runners home. The Lady Saints finished the first inning ahead 4-0.
Ebert quickly struckout the first batter of the second inning. One Delhi player singled, but the Broncos were once again unable to score. In the bottom of the second, Jenkins hit a double and Rodriguez tallied a single, but they were ultimately left on base.
Delhi recorded one unearned run in the third frame off an error by the Saints', making the game 4-1. Ebert struck out two, including the last out of the inning. Even through a heavy snowfall, the Lady Saints answered to the Broncos' run in a big way, recording seven hits and five runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Fenton lead off with a single. Next up to bat was Montgomery, who knocked a two-run homer over the left-center field fence. The two scores put CSJ ahead 6-1. Ebert, Jenkins and Rodriguez recorded singles throughout the inning to reach base. A single by Lena Tirotta sent both Ebert and Jenkins across home plate for an 8-1 Saints lead. Jaeger then singled and earned a RBI as Rodriguez make it home on the play.
Trailing 9-1 after three innings, the Broncos' momentum faltered. Brittany Trank hit a single and was left on base. Ebert struck out one during the fourth. Amazingly, CSJ improved upon their third-inning offensive display and notched seven hits, seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Montgomery singled to lead off for CSJ. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, and rounded the bases to home plate when Drum hit her second double of the game. Ebert recorded a RBI when Drum scored off her single. Jenkins reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second when Rodriguez sent a single through the left side of the field. Both players were then able to advance a base on an error by Delhi's left fielder.
A groundout by Quigley sent Jenkins home and made the score 12-1. A double by Tirotta scored Rodriguez and a single by Jaeger scored Tirotta to make the game further out of reach, 14-1.
Fenton capped the Fighting Saints' fourth-inning run when she recorded a home run - her second homer of the day - that put two more runs on the board, 16-1. Delhi put up four runs in the fifth inning, but after the third out of the inning, the eight-run rule capped the game at 16-5.
Tirotta recorded three hits, including a double, three RBI and two runs and Fenton put up three runs, three hits (including a home run) and two RBI. Drum had two doubles, four RBI and a run. Montgomery tallied a home run, a single, two RBI and three runs. Quigley and Jenkins also contributed doubles for the Lady Saints.
CSJ has improved to 9-13 under new Head Coach Maggie Miller. The Lady Saints play next on Sunday, April 15 at Johnson at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.