Softball Falls 12-6 to Canton, 14-2 in Five to Crown

brooke gates takes a lead

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of non-conference softball contests at CenturyLink Sports Complex Thursday as the Mountaineers lost 12-6 to SUNY Canton and then 14-2 in five innings to Crown College.

SVC (0-8) plays the final two games of its trip to the Sunshine State on Friday—first hitting the field at 9 a.m. for a non-league contest against New England Collegiate Conference foe Newbury College before taking on North Central College at 11 a.m.

SUNY Canton 12 – Southern Vermont 6
The day's opener saw the lead change three times by the end of the second inning with the Roos holding a 5-3 edge at that point, but then they notched six in the home half of the third for a comfortable advantage. Southern Vermont got two back in the fourth and allowed just one in the bottom of the frame to extend the contest; the Mountaineers crossed the dish once in the seventh, but that would be it as they couldn't keep the rally going for a comeback.

SVC sophomore center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Karaganda, Kazakhstan) went 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs while senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) was also 2-3 with the stick—adding a walk, a run batted in, and three runs scored to her line. Senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) had a 2-4 showing with an RBI against Canton.

Wilson had two stints in the circle to toss a combined 4.2 innings; she struck out a season-high five batters in the loss (0-3).

With the bases loaded in the top of the first, Matthews rolled one deep enough to second for Wilson to come in and make it a quick 1-0 advantage. Canton responded with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the box, however, to go in front.

The Roos' lead didn't last for long as Jarosz came through with a big two-out single into right which plated a pair in the top of the second. The back-and-forth would continue in the home half of the inning when Canton touched the dish three times to set the score at 5-3.

After the Roos put up six in the third, Wilson tagged an RBI single to left before she was batted in on a groundout to second by freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.). Canton came back with one in the bottom of the fourth and nearly ended it in the fifth by getting a pair of runners into scoring position with two down. Wilson induced an inning-ending grounder to third, however, to keep the game alive.

After a scoreless sixth, Southern Vermont came to the plate with its final chance. Matthews singled to put a pair on the pond, and the two Mountaineers would advance 60 feet on a wild pitch. An RBI single to left by freshman Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) brought home the lead runner, but Canton was able to retire the next batter to wrap up the victory.

Crown 14 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
The Storm lived up to their named in the bottom of the first with a 10-spot for a strong lead. SVC got two back in the top of the second, but that would all the offense the Mountaineers could muster as CC padded its cushion with four more runs through its next three at bats.

Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) went 2-3 with a run scored while sophomore second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) was 1-1 with a walk and an RBI.

Mountaineer freshman left-hander Kelsey Fisher (Rollinsford, N.H.) was pegged with her first collegiate decision as she took the loss (0-1) in her first career start.

The runs came early and often for Crown in the home half of the first as the Storm ran out to a quick 10-0 upper hand. Billow led-off the second with a seeing-eye single up the middle, and she would move around to third for junior designated player Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.) to knock her in with a grounder to short. Gates followed with a base hit dropped over first base and just inside the right field line—making way for Matthews to trot home from third.

The Mountaineers would be hard-pressed to touch the plate the rest of the way, however, as they stranded a pair in scoring position in the third before leaving one runner aboard in each of the last two innings. Meanwhile, CC tacked up three in the second and a solo score in the fourth to extend the separation.