Celtics edged by WVU Tech in defensive duels

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The Carlow softball team was edged by WVU Tech in a RSC and USCAA double header on Friday, April 21, at Fairhaven Park. The Golden Bears (12-30, 8-5 RSC) defeated the Celtics, 1-0, in Game 1, and 2-1, in Game 2.

Allison Hryadil (SR/Kennedy Township, Pa.) led Carlow (12-12-1, 3-9 RSC) offensively, with going 2-for-3 in each of the games, with a double in the second contest.

In Game 1, Mackenzie Wilson earned the win for the Golden Bears, holding Carlow to four hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. Caitlyn Suter (FR/Monaca, Pa.) took the tough-luck loss for Carlow, scattering six hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

The game was a defensive duel, with WVU Tech finally pushing its run across in the top of the seventh inning. Genna Trippett was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and her pinch runner Chelsey Adkins moved around the bases on back-to-back singles by MaKayla Waugh and Lexi Huck. Pinch hitter Kayte Blandford’s sacrifice fly to center field was deep enough to score Adkins for the winning run.

Game 2 was more of the same, but the Golden Bears got on the board earlier, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ashley Daniels’ sacrifice fly scored Madeline Olson.

Carlow answered in the sixth when a sacrifice fly by Danielle Levato (SO/Beaver Falls, Pa.) scored pinch runner Lauren McLaughlin (FR/Greensburg, Pa.).

However, once again WVU Tech scored in the top of the seventh, this time on a home run by Trippett, and shut down Carlow in its last chance.

Levato took the loss in relief of Sydney Greece (SR/Vandergrift, Pa.), who tossed three innings and allowed one run on one hit and one walk. Levato allowed one run on two hits in four innings, with one strikeout. Karina Atanacio picked up the complete-game win for WVU Tech, giving up six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.

The Celtics host No. 19 Rio Grande on Saturday as they celebrate Senior Day.The Celtics host No. 19 Rio Grande on Saturday as they celebrate Senior Day.

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