The Carlow softball team split a pair of River States Conference games with Ohio Christian on Saturday afternoon, at Fairhaven Park. The Celtics won Game 1, 5-4 in nine innings, and lost Game 2, 10-7.
Haley Stedeford (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) drove in the game-winning run with a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1.
Nicole Hall (JR/Jeannette, Pa.) pitched seven innings for the Celtics, allowing three runs on 10 hits, with three walks and a strikeout. Caitlyn Suter (FR/Monaca, Pa.) picked up the win in relief. She tossed the two extra innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and one walk.
Carlow left fielder Natalie Bashada (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was hot at the plate, going 3-for-4.
Kenzie Young (SR/Leechburg, Pa.) and Allison Hryadil (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) also had solid offensive performances. Both went 2-for-4, while Young added two runs scored and Hryadil posted two doubles, with one run scored and an RBI.
Both teams scored in the first inning and the game remained knotted at 1 until the fifth. Carlow added one run in each of the fifth and the sixth innings, but the Trailblazers, who were harmed by six errors in the contest, pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh inning to force extra innings. They scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, but the Celtics ended the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Celtics stayed hot in the first inning of Game 2, taking a 4-0 lead, largely thanks to a three-run homer by catcher Abby Tatgenhorst (FR/Byesville, Ohio). It was her team-leading third homer of the season.
However, this time it was Carlow that made too many mistakes. The Celtics had six errors and allowed the lead to gradually slip away. The Trailblazers scored twice in the second inning. Carlow added one run in the fourth and two in the fifth, but OCU posted three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-7 lead going into the sixth. The Trailblazers added an insurance run in each of the final two frames for a 10-7 win, their first RSC victory of the season.
Tatgenhorst finished with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs and two runs scored. Young was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Hryadil was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 2-for-3 and Stedeford was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Danielle Levato (SO/Beaver Falls, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.