Warm weather helps heat up softball

The Spartan’s were off to the races in the first game of their double-header against Skidmore College, scoring a season high, eleven runs on March 25. Senior Chelsea Crehan lead the way at the plate, spanking two doubles and bringing in four RBI’s for the day, helping the Spartan’s to 21 hits and 19 runs in both games.

“It felt really good to drive in some needed runs” said Crehan. “We all really wanted to earn our first couple of wins.”

Senior pitcher Emily Sweeney had a strong game with six strikeouts, which was just what the Spartan’s needed. Sweeney pitched a full game allowing only seven runs, helping the Spartan’s to their first win of the year.

“It sets a good pace for the rest of the season” said Sweeney “We still have to work hard from here on out and battle each and every game!”

The bats remained hot in second game of the double header, scoring in the first inning off a single from freshman Jessica Babcock. Senior Tori Fearon added to the total off of a bunt to give the Spartan’s a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Senior Taylor Lively pitched a strong game, holding Skidmore to four hits and only
two runs, helping Castleton take home the second win of the day.

“I felt really comfortable on the mound” said Lively “I’m feeling confident about the rest of our season.”

Castleton moved on to another doubleheader this past week against RPI of Troy, New York, losing the pair against the dominant Engineers’. The Spartan’s struggled at the plate, as RPI’s pitcher Brittany Brayman
allowed only one hit through the first six innings of play in the first match. RPI went on to win the first game with a score of 8-0.

The second game of the day is where the Spartan’s showed some life, getting on the board early in the first inning. Senior Caylee Fleury led off the game with a single and Kristi Lawless brought her home with a deep bomb to the fence in right field, but would be called out sliding into third for the triple.

The Spartan’s led through the first two innings, but a solo home run for the Engineers’ sparked a offensive fire that would tie the score at three a piece. At the bottom of the fourth inning, RPI loaded the bases and drove home three runs, making the score 6-3. Castleton failed to make a come back, and would finish the game with a final score of 6-3.

In most recent play, the Spartans dominated Green Mountain in their first NAC game of the season. In game one of the double header, Taylor Lively pitched the Spartans to the victory.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Spartans got on the board when Stephanie Sylvester signed off to the right allowing Chelsea Grady to score. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth and final inning of the game where the Spartans went on a rampage, scoring seven runs between seven players ending the score at 8-0.

The following game was much of the same, with the Spartans scoring six runs in the second inning alone. The game, pitched by senior Emily Sweeney, ended at 14-2.

The Spartan’s move forward, undefeated in conference and with a season record of 4-10, they continue their season this Saturday, with a double header at home versus conference rival Husson at 1pm.

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