Johnson, VT - The Lyndon State College softball team scored twice in the top of the eighth inning of game two to come away with an 8-6 victory over Johnson State College and earn a split of Saturday's doubleheader. The win was the first of the season for the Hornets and the first for the program since March 26, 2016, a stretch of 59 games. It is also the first win for first year Hornet head coach Amanda McLean. Johnson, who captured Saturday's opener, 11-0, is now 4-22 on the season.
Game 1 - Johnson 11, Lyndon 0
Johnnson scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The Badgers added another run in the second and four in the third. Emily Marshall (Malone, NY) had a pair of hits and scored twice to lead Johnson. Lindsey LaPerle (Bethel, VT) drove in three runs, while Nicole Mooney (Hillsborough, NH) scored three times.
Lyndon only managed three hits off of Johnson pitcher Kaitlynn Woodward (White River, VT). Cecilia Chamul (Concord, VT) had a third inning double, and Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH) and Elizabeth Towsley (Fletcher, VT) each singled. Woodward sruck out four in earning the shutout win, while DeWitt went the distance for the Hornets, allowing nine hits in the loss.
Game 2 - Lyndon 8, Johnson 6 (8 innings)
The Hornets jumped on Johnson's game two starter, Mikaela Magnant (Franklin, VT) for three runs in each of the first two innings to build a 6-0 lead. Chamul got things started in the first with a one out double, then Lyndon took advantage of an error and a passed ball to push across three runs. DeWitt's double was the big blow in a three-run four-hit second.
Annika Dyhrberg (Falmouth, ME) delivered a two run single in the Johnson half of the second to key a three-run inning and cut the Lyndon lead to 6-3. The Badgers pushed across another run in the fifth, and tied things in the bottom of the seventh by scoring two runs without a base hit.
Following softball extra innings rules, the Hornets began the top of the eighth inning with DeWitt at second base. She moved to third on a passed ball, then scored when Chamul grounded out. Hannah Choiniere (Highgagte, VT) then doubled to center and scored on Charlotte Winslow's (Pittsford, VT) two-out double. Hornet pitcher Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) then set the Badgers down in order in the bottom of the eighth to give the Hornets their first win.
Choiniere had two hits for the Hornets and scored twice. DeWitt also scored a apir of runs, while Chamul and Winslow drove in two runs apiece. Roberts picked up the win, going all eight innings and yielding seven hits while striking out five. LaPerle scored twice for the Badgers and Dyhrberg drove in two runs. Woodward, who relieved Magnant in the third inning, took the loss.
The two teams will continue their four game season ending series at Lyndon on Sunday morning. First pitch is set for 9:00 am at the Skip Pound Softball Complex. The Hornets will recognize their seniors prior to the first contest.