Paxton, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon softball team traveled to Anna Maria College for a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Hornets, they came up on the short end in both games, dropping the opener, 9-1, and the nightcap, 12-4. With the sweep, Anna Maria improves to 2-9 on the season, while Lyndon remains winless in 12 starts.
Game 1 - Anna Maria 9, NVU-Lyndon 1
Anna Maria jumped in front with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Michelle Cilley led off with a double against Hornet starter Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) and Sabrina Carreira was hit by a pitch. Kayla Magierowski then delivered a one-out single to left, scoring Cilley. Carreira then came home on a ground out, making the score 2-0, AMCATS.
The Hornets threatened in the top of the second. Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) led off with a single off of Anna Maria starter Ashley Garcia. After Roberts grounded into a fielder's choice, back to back walks to Raeven Beaudry (Sheldon, VT) and Gracie Ducker (Lyndonville, VT) loaded the bases with one out. Garcia was able to retire the next two hitters, however, ending the threat and the inning.
Lyndon did get one run back in the third inning. Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME) led off the inning with a base hit up the middle and Emma Moore (Hillsborough, NH) followed with a walk. After Campo reached on a fielder's choice, Roberts came through with a two-out single to right, scoring Moore. Lyndon failed to capitalize further, however, leaving the bases loaded.
The AMCATS came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. After Garcia drew a one-out walk, Magieroeski doubled to left to score Garcia. Allison Sholds followed with another RBI double, giving Anna Maria a 4-1 lead through three.
After the Hornets left two more runners on in the top of the fourth, the AMCATS struck for two unearned runs in their half of the frame. A walk, two errors, and three stolen bases manufactured the pair, and extended the Anna Maria lead to 6-1 through four.
The Hornets again threatened in the top of the fifth when Campo started the inning with a leadoff double. After Campo moved to third on a ground out, Beaudry walked and stole second, giving the Hornets runners at second and third with one out. Both were stranded, however, as Garcia was again able to pitch her way out of trouble.
In the Anna Maria sixth, Amber Wilson led things off with a base hit. Then with two outs, Carriera doubled to score Wilson. Garcia followed with a triple to deep right to score Carriera, then Magierowski drove in Garcia to end the game.
The Hornets finished with eight hits and left 14 runners on base, while the AMCATS produced ten hits and left eight on. DeGroot delivered three hits to pace the Hornet attack, with Campo adding a double and a single. Magierowski had a big day at the plate for Anna Maria with three hits and 3 RBIs.
Garcia earned the win, allowing eight hits wihle striking out five. Roberts took the loss, yielding seven earned runs and ten hits.
Game 2 -
Anna Maria again jumped in front in the bottom of the first inning. Cilley walked to start things off, and ended up coming all the way around on three wild pitches. Sholds later drove in Magierowski, who had also reached on a walk.
Wilson led off the AMCAT second with an infield hit. She stole second and third, and came in to score on a throwing error. Alyssa Casalino then drew a walk off of Moore, the Hornets' game two starter. Journey Hineline pinch ran for Casalino and eventually scored on Magierowski's sacrifice fly.
The Hornets broke through against Anna Maria's game two starter, Victoria Falco, with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Campo led off with a base hit to left, then Cassandra Black (Tolland, CT) drew a walk. Roberts then singled back up the middle to drive in Campo and get the Hornets on the board. After Cecilia Chamul (Concord, VT) walked to load the bases, Emma Corey (Concord, VT) singled to center to score Black and cut the deficit to 4-2. Falco was able to retire DeGroot to end the rally.
Anna Maria opened up more daylight with a five run outburst in their half of the fourth. Mackenzie Morin's two-run double was the big hit of the inning, in which the AMCATS took advantage of a Hornet error and a pair of wild pitches that allowed four unearned runs to score.
Lyndon got two runs back in the top of the fifth. After Campo lined a one out double to right center, Black followed with a two-run home run to left field, cutting the Anna Maria lead to 9-4.
In the home half of the fifth, three straight singles from Dam Johnson, Cilley, and Carriera produced a run. Magierowski then reached on an error, which allowed Cilley to score. Falco ended the game with a base hit to left, scoring Carriera.
Campo and Roberts had two hits apiece to pace the Hornets. Carriera had three hits and scored twice for Anna Maria. Wilson added a pair of base hits. Falco got the win, yielding six hits and striking out three. Moore took the loss for Lyndon, giving up six earned runs and 11 hits.
The Hornets will return to North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday when they travel to SUNY Canton for a 1:00 pm doubleheader.