GLASGOW – St. Elizabeth’s softball team brought out the hitting sticks early on April 18 at Glasgow, scoring three times in the first inning and putting the game out of reach in the third in a 24-4 win. It was the Vikings’ fourth straight victory.
The lead was 4-1 when the Vikings stepped to the plate in the decisive third inning. Before it ended, they would send 13 batters to the plate and score nine times. The frame started with McKenzie Sweeney drilling a triple past the rightfielder. Miranda Wohner followed with a run-scoring single up the middle. She stole second and scored on a fielding error.
St. Elizabeth loaded the bases on a hit batter and a walk. Glasgow pitcher Morgan Guns struck out the next two hitters, but a walk to Mary Kegelman brought in the second run of the inning. Two more runners scored on a single off the bat of Claudia Roncone, and Sweeney knocked in a run on an infield single, her second hit of the inning.
The inning took a humorous turn two batters later. Wohner crushed a triple to the fence in right field. She was two-thirds of the way home when the ball reached Lady Dragons catcher Morgan Cook. Roncone stopped momentarily, and Cook waved the ball at her and smiled, saying “come at me!” The runner turned and headed back to third, but she ended up scoring on an errant throw during a rundown.
Glasgow scored runs on a groundout by Victoria Crampton and a single by Cook in the bottom of the third, but the Vikings added 11 more runs in a lengthy top half of the fifth inning. The first five hitters reached base without a hit, but the bats heated up after that. The big blast of the inning came from Roncone, who sent a shot off the right-field fence about 15 feet off the ground. It went for a two-run triple.
Vikings pitcher Wohner walked two in the last of the fifth, but she ended the game with consecutive strikeouts, her fifth and sixth of the afternoon.
St. Elizabeth (5-1) wraps up a four-game road trip tomorrow afternoon at 3:45 p.m. at Archmere. The Lady Dragons fell to 3-3 and visit Mount Pleasant on Friday at 3:30 p.m.