Dutchmen Rally To Top Shorewomen, 5-4, on Seventh Inning Two-Run, Two-Out Homer
Briganti, Dockrill and Glascock All Tally Three Hits
ITHACA, NY – Lebanon Valley's Steffani Secola socked a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead as the third-seeded Dutchmen downed seven seed Washington College, 5-4, on Friday evening at Kostrinsky Field in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament Ithaca Region on the campus of Ithaca College. Washington College will now play top seed St. John Fisher (33-13) tomorrow at noon in an elimination game in the Ithaca Region. St. John Fisher downed The College of New Jersey (26-15), 6-3 in 13 innings, in an elimination game.
Washington (27-18) College took a 4-3 lead into the top of the seventh inning and had the Dutchmen down to their final out. Lebanon Valley's (34-5-1) Allie Hartman kept the game alive with a two-out single to shallow left-center as it just eluded a sliding freshman center fielder Paige Briganti (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park), who had it in her glove momentarily, but could not hold onto it and that was the Dutchmen's first hit since the fourth inning. The next batter, Secola socked a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run to also score pinch-runner Samantha Shimp, who ran for Hartman to put Lebanon Valley ahead 5-4.
In the last of the seventh, Dutchmen pitcher Sam Derr struck out the first batters, but sophomore pitcher Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) worked out a full count walk to keep the game alive. Junior outfielder Hilary Rosenberg (Sweetwater, NJ/Oakcrest) was summoned as a pinch-hitter, but Derr got her strike out swinging on a 1-2 pitch to strike out the side and get the victory.
Lebanon Valley loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning on two infield singles, a groundout and a fielder's choice. Kelli Valle drew a bases loaded walk on four pitches to plate Tessa Deardorff for the game's first run. The Dutchmen made it 2-0 when Derr scored on a fielder's choice on a play where Washington junior shortstop Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac School) made a diving play up the middle to rob Lebanon Valley's Emily Johnson of a base hit and Mattox flipped the ball to senior second baseman Shaelan Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) to force Valle.
In the top of the third, Mary Readinger hit a sacrifice fly to right field with one away to plate Hartman to push the Lebanon Valley lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Shorewomen loaded the bases with nobody out on three singles, two of which never left the infield. Senior right fielder Lindsey Glascock (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg) singled through the left side on a 3-2 pitch after she fouled off four pitches with two strikes to plate freshman left field Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) to get Washington on the scoreboard to cut the lead to 3-1. Washington trimmed the lead to 3-2 when junior catcher Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Mattox. The next hitter, freshman third baseman Jaclyn Jayo (Peoria, AZ/Liberty) singled to right to score Briganti and knot the game at 3-3. Washington took its first lead of the game at 4-3 when junior first baseman Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) plated Glascock on an infield single to shortstop with one away.
Washington loaded the bases with two outs in the last of the sixth, but Derr got Jayo to ground out to third base to keep the game at 4-3.
For Lebanon Valley, Tessa Deardorff and Derr were 2-for-4 each with a run scored, while Katie Deardorff was 2-for-3. Secola had two RBI, both coming on the game-winning home run. Lebanon Valley had eight hits in the game. In the circle, Derr got the victory and improves to 24-4. She went the entire way, giving up 12 hits, four earned runs, walking two and striking out eight, including the side in the last of the seventh.
Briganti, Dockrill and Glascock all had three hits for Washington as the Shorewomen recorded 12 hits. In the circle, Cooper took the loss in relief and falls to 14-9. She went the final 4 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs and striking out four.
Neither team made an error in the game as the Dutchmen left six on base, while the Shorewomen left 10 on base.
Washington College and St. John Fisher will be playing for the first-time ever on the softball diamond.