Softball Women Split with Wasps
Jay Gray, Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 14, the EMU women’s softball team took on the Wasps of Emory & Henry.
Numerous incidents off the field led to a couple players being dismissed from the team for a few prior games, but on Saturday all of the players returned and dressed in uniform.
The question before the game was: Would these disciplinary measures be problematic for the Royals? Or would they be able to push through the off-field drama to earn a win?
In the first game of the double-header showdown, both teams came out of the gates a little slow.
The score was locked at zero until the third inning, when Senior Lisa Lee reached second base on an error by the Wasps, and Sophomore Brooke Hensley laid down a bunt to get on base.Both Lee and Hensley went on to score, giving EMU the first lead of the game.With no outs in the fifth inning, the Royals loaded the bases; but a fly ball followed by a ground out gave the Wasps a fielder’s choice. Senior Megan Viafora then smashed an RBI single, followed by First-Year Jordan Aylor adding a two run double off the center-field wall to advance the lead to 5-0. In the sixth inning, Lee faced only three batters and struck them all out to end the first game’s 6-0 shutout.
In game two, a lack of communication by the Royals resulted in three consecutive errors that quickly changed the outcome of the game. As the Royal’s offense uncharacteristically struggled, the Wasps out-hit the Royals 5-3. Although the bats were not swinging as much, the Royals did manage to score off of Viafora’s double in the second inning. Emory & Henry finally got things going in a huge way in the fourth inning. A two run homerun by the Wasps tied the game at 2-2. The Wasps then kept things rolling and took their first lead of the game when they scored off of a wild pitch by EMU that by-passed the catcher. In their final inning at bat, the Royals went three up and three down to end the game suffering a 3-2 loss.
Ultimately, EMU struggled to figure out Emory & Henry’s Brandy Bryant, First-Year. Bryant struck out 13 Royals in game two, giving up only four hits and one walk.
With the double-header win and loss, the Royals drop to 23-9 overall and 7-7 in the ODAC. This upcoming weekend the softball team has a pair of big ODAC matchups, involving double-headers against last years ODAC champions, Virginia Wesleyan, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, and then another one against Randolph-Macon at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to close out the regular season.