By Gabrielle Devaud
Elm Staff Writer
Stevenson University won both games in the non-conference softball doubleheader against WC last Monday, winning game one 4-3 and game two 7-3.
In game one, sophomore pitcher Brittany Walter tossed her team-best 10th complete game of the year for the Shorewomen. She struck out six to become WC’s leader in strikeouts in a season with 73, breaking the mark of Emily Adams ‘09 who had 69 strikeouts in 2009.
Junior Leigh Carbutt went 2-for-4 with a double to right-center, an RBI triple, and a run scored. Junior Sally Snover had an RBI, while freshman Kylie Nottingham scored a run.
In game two for WC, sophomore Lindsey Glascock had two hits. Sophomore Shaelan Nottingham had two RBI, while hitting her first career homerun as a Shorewoman. In the circle, junior pitcher Jill Piasecki took the loss.
After conference play, the Shorewomen have earned the second seed in the Centennial Conference tournament. WC, who completed their conference schedule a week ago, had to wait for the results of the remaining conference schedule before knowing which seed they would be. The wait was longer than expected as Saturday’s games were rained out and rescheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Junior Leigh Carbutt and sophomore Shaelan Nottingham are very optimistic about how their team will perform in the playoffs. Carbutt thinks, “All the teams are very evenly matched and it will be up to who makes the least mistakes on the field.”
Nottingham believes that WC has the potential to come out on top, saying, “No one in the conference is dominating and each game is up for grabs.”
The softball team has had only one previous Centennial Conference Tournament appearance which was in 2005. The Shorewomen went 11-5 in the conference this season and are 20-18 overall. Washington was picked seventh in the Centennial Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll and went 13-19 overall and 6-10 in conference play last season.
The Centennial Conference Softball Championship Tournament begins on Saturday at Dickinson. It is a two-day, double-elimination event with the top four teams from the conference’s regular season standings. Third-seeded Muhlenberg and fourth-seeded Ursinus will join Dickinson and Washington in the tournament.
The Shorewomen will play in the tournament’s first game at 10:00 a.m. versus Muhlenberg, while Dickinson will play Ursinus after that game. The losers of the first two games will play an elimination game, followed by a game between the two winners. Play continues with the three remaining teams on Sunday to determine the championship.
Let’s hope that the Shorewomen will be the team that dominates and finishes on top.
April 29, 2011
Volume LXXXI Issue 24