Lady Monarch Softball Rallies Twice, Sweeps Rival
Lady Monarch softball continued its amazing season on Thursday afternoon, coming from behind in both ends of the doubleheader to sweep cross-town rival Wilkes University at the Betzler Athletic Complex. The Lady Monarchs have now won 13 games in a row and sit at 18-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play. King’s took game one 9-7 before winning game two 7-5.
The Lady Monarchs trailed 7-2 in the first game before three Wilkes errors helped King’s score six runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Monarchs added an insurance run in the sixth and shut the Lady Colonels offense down to take the opener.
Junior Erin Beane had a 2-for-4 day with two RBI and a double. Fellow junior Jenn Harnischfeger went 1-for-3 and scored two runs. First-year Amy Kowalczyk and junior Nicolette Pizzo each knocked home two run singles.
The lone senior on the Lady Colonels roster, Jess Paveltez had herself a day, going 4-for-4 with two RBI, while Michelle Coyle scored three runs and finished the game 2-for-4.
On the mound, first-year Rachel Linso picked up the win for King’s. Linso did not give up a run and allowed just three hits over the final two and two-thirds innings. Laykin Hughes took the loss for Wilkes. Hughes went all six innings surrendering nine hits and eight runs but only four of the runs were earned. She also struck out eight Lady Monarchs.
After the nice comeback in game one for King’s, it was then on to game number two. The Lady Monarchs picked up where they left off from game one, racing out to a 3-1 lead thanks in part to a two-run homer by junior Tina Seber in the first inning. The lead remained this way until the top of the fifth when the Lady Colonels hung a four-spot on the Lady Monarchs keyed by a pair of two-run homeruns from Alex Hoops and Alysha Bixler.
However, King’s had an answer once again. The Lady Monarchs used a four-run sixth inning to complete the comeback. The inning was keyed by an infield RBI single from first-year Katie Kowalski and base hits by Beane and Seber.
Seber went 2-for-4 in game two with three RBI and a home run. Beane was 2-for-3 with two RBI while Harnischfeger, Kowalczyk and Pizzo added two hits each.
Paveltez led the Wilkes offensive attack going 2-for-4, while Bixler came home 2-for-3 with two RBI. Hoops was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in while Emily McGrath picked up two hits.
Junior Brittany Haight was the winning pitcher in relief in game two for King’s. Haight went the final two and one-third innings without allowing a base runner to pick up her fifth victory of the season. Brooke Chapin was charged with the loss for Wilkes allowing seven runs and 12 hits in five and two-thirds innings.
After the Lady Monarchs host Freedom Conference foe Eastern University on Saturday, they will hit the road to take on Baptist Bible College for a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. Their next home outing will be a doubleheader against another conference foe, Manhattanville College, on Saturday April 13 beginning at 1 p.m.