The Castleton softball team opened its North Atlantic Conference play by splitting a double header with Bay Path for its first win of the season. The Spartans then took control with a sweep of Maine Maritime. Tied 5-5 in the first game, each team scored three runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Coach Meaghan Brown’s squad was able to hold out for a 10-9 win. The team continued the momentum into the second game for an 18-3 victory.
The Spartans dropped the next six consecutive games against Husson, Plymouth State and Middlebury. In a non-conference home match-up against Green Mountain, the team broke the losing streak with a 7-3 win in the first game.
After the fifth, the two teams were tied 3-3 but Castleton pulled ahead with four runs in the sixth. Hilary Bemis went 4-for-4 and Allison Lamay had three hits in the winning effort. However, the Spartans failed to sweep the Eagles, falling 14-5 in the second game.
On Sunday, Castleton continued to struggle falling 5-2 in both games to Thomas, undefeated in the conference. In the first game, Laura Rogers went 3-for-3 and Cassandra Koehne had an RBI-triple in the effort.
Pitcher Angie Carpenter struck out four in the loss.
Game two found the Spartans offense lacking again as the only runs came from Tosha Whittemore and Alicia Zraunig’s RBI-doubles. Whittemore also struck out four.
Ranked seventh, the Spartans are currently 4-14 overall and 3-5 in the conference. The team hosts RPI at 3 today.