The Carlow softball team defeated Waynesburg, 7-3 in the first game of a double header Monday evening. The second game ended in a 4-4 tie after seven innings due to darkness.
Carlow pitcher Madison Miller (SO/North Huntingdon, Pa.) picked up the complete-game win in Game 1, scattering 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Only one of her runs allowed was earned.
Marla Small (SR/West Mifflin, Pa.) and Abby Tatgenhorst (FR/Byesville, Ohio) led the Celtics at the plate. Small was 5-for-7, with four RBIs, two doubles and a walk. Tatgenhorst had three RBIs, and hit her first career home run, a double and a sacrifice fly.
Tatgenhorst’s sacrifice fly to center field got Carlow on the board, as the first of three unearned runs for the Celtics in the inning of the first game.
After the Yellow Jackets scored an unearned run in the second inning, Kenzie Young (SR/Leechburg, Pa.) doubled and Tatgenhorst hit a two-run homer in the third to give Carlow a 5-1 lead.
Small added some insurance in the top of the fourth inning with a two-RBI double that put Carlow ahead, 7-1.
The Yellow Jackets pushed across one run in the bottom the sixth inning and one more in the bottom of the seventh, but Miller struck out the final batter to end the contest.
Young was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the first game.
Waynesburg’s defensive woes continued in the second game, as Carlow scored another unearned run in the first inning.
However, the Yellow Jackets bats came to life earlier, as they answered with one run in the first inning and three more in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
Tatgenhorst sparked a Carlow rally with a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ashley Hoak (FR/Elizabeth, Pa.) scored Maria Lamonde (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), pinch running for Tatgenhorst, with a single to right field.
Natalie Bashada (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) singled, and she and Hoak advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Sofia Papageorge (SO/Beaver Falls, Pa.).
Small hit her second two-RBI double of the day to tie the game at 4 before Waynesburg worked out of the inning.
Carlow quickly retired the Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the inning, but the game was called before the eighth inning began.
Nicole Hall (JR/Jeannette, Pa.) pitched seven innings for Carlow, allowing nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Celtics travel to Kentucky for a three game slate this weekend. Carlow faces Asbury on Friday, Midway on Saturday and Berea on Sunday.