By Isabella Sansanelli
Elm Staff Writer
The women’s softball team competed in Florida over spring break, traveling and playing in Clermont, Kissimmee, and Winter Haven from Saturday, March, 9 to Friday, March 15, ending their trip with three wins and seven losses and an overall record of 4-11.
While in Clermont, the Shorewomen played against Carroll University and Bridgewater State University where they notched a 12-1 loss and 9-3 win respectively.
The game against Carroll remained scoreless until the 8th inning where each team noticed only one run. Carroll was able to pull through with a win in the very last inning as they outscored the Shorewomen by one ending the game in a 2-1 loss.
Against Bridgewater State, sophomores Caroling Brauguard and Amelia Mazza each scored doubles while sophomore Grace Moery garnered a triple for the team contributing to their ending score of 9-3. The Shorewomen were able to outscore Bridgewater in every single inning and garner their first win of the week.
After two games in Clermont, the Shorewomen traveled to Kissimmee to continue their week of competition against Marietta and William Paterson on Sun. Mar. 10. In their first game, the Shorewomen fell to Marietta in what ended in a 12-9 loss.
The Shorewomen fell again against William Paterson with a score of 6-3. During these matches, senior captain Maddie Bennett garnered her 100th career hit and freshman Rachel DiMarcello made a name for herself scoring five hits and four RBIs.
On Tuesday, March 12, the Shorewomen traveled to Winter Haven, where they faced off against Eastern Connecticut State University and Beloit College where they had one loss and one win respectively.
Against Eastern Connecticut State, the Shorewomen fell 8-1 with one run scored by freshman Alyssa Vieira off a single by DiMarcello.
Against Beloit, the Shorewomen were able to pick up their game and emerge victorious in a 7-1 win. With plays like the two doubles from junior Leah Stokes and DiMarcello, the Shorewomen were able to send seven runners home and take home their third win of the season.
On Thursday, March 14, the Shorewomen returned to Kissimmee where they would compete in their last four games over the next two days.
The Shorewomen fell to the University of Massachusetts Boston while triumphing over Salve Regina University on Thursday. During the first game against Massachusetts Boston, the Beacons scored three runs each in the first two innings, creating a deficit that the Shorewomen could not overcome despite two runs scored by junior Rachel Butler and freshman Megan Robbins. They ultimately fell in a 9-7 final score.
Against Salve Regina, the Shorewomen came out strong scoring four runs in the first inning of the game and carrying over their success to a predominately scoreless game until the sixth inning where Salve Regina was able to garner a meek one run and ended the game in a 4-1 score. This marked the Shorewomen’s fourth win of the season and their last win for their time in Florida.
The last day the Shorewomen would compete in Florida was Friday, March 15 as they fell to both Keene State University and St. Joseph’s University. Against Keene State, sophomore Brittany Walker scored a double for the team and brought DiMarcello home to earn their only run of the game as they fell short to the two scored by Keene State.
In another game of one-run losses, Stokes and Walker were able to bring home two runs for their team during the first inning giving them the upper hand for the majority of the game. During the fifth inning, however, the Golden Eagles were able to come back with three consecutive runs in the fifth inning edging out the Shorewomen in a 3-2 win.
“We may have not won as much as we wanted but we have a lot of good pieces that are really close to coming together for conference play,” sophomore Grace Moery said. “And it was nice to play in the warm weather and bond as a team.”
Assistant student coach Brian McCloskey said, “We learned a lot about the team and what we need to do to succeed. Besides some little things we were in every game and competed. Unfortunately, somethings didn’t go our way but that’s softball and it happens. We’ll continue to grow as a whole and am looking forward to conference play.”
The Shorewomen will play their home opener doubleheader on Thursday, March 21 against Stockton University at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.