Top seed Washington eliminated early in softball playoffs

CHESTERTOWN — Playing at home as the top seed in the Centennial Conference softball tournament did not prove to be the advantage that fans of Washington College had hoped.

The Shore ladies (20-19-1) went 0-2 in the double-elimination tournament, exiting Friday after being shut out by the defending conference champions from Swarthmore, 3-0, in a losers bracket game.

In the first round on May 2, fourth seed Muhlenberg (26-16) defeated Washington, 11-2.

Then, weather and field conditions forced a change in the tournament format, and Washington did not play again until Friday, May 10.

Sophomore Lane Barron (14-3) scattered four hits and two walks in a complete-game gem for the Garnet.

Pinch hitters Serafino Tinio (double in the sixth) and Molly O’Sullivan (sacrifice fly in the seventh) plated the insurance runs.

Lexi Barnhart singled with one away in the last of the second inning to try to get things going for the locals. Pinch runner Julia Guzman moved over to second on Lilly Wenzel’s base hit to right field.

With two away, both runners stole a base to move into scoring position, but they were left there when Barron coaxed a groundout from Chloe Trefz to end the inning.

Swarthmore (23-10) gave Barron all the run support she would need in the top of the third. Iris Barone drew a one-out walk, swiped a base and then scored from second on a dropped fly ball in the infield.

Barron allowed very few scoring opportunities as she kept traffic off the base paths.

The Garnet also played error free behind their ace. They made several terrific plays in the field, highlighted by Jordan Jackson’s sliding grab on a line drive to left.

Swarthmore added to its lead in the sixth inning. Avery McClure worked a one-out walk and Grace Taylor singled to advance the runner into scoring position. Tinio then came through with a two-out RBI double to left field.

Jackson led off the seventh with a double to center and scored three batters later on O’Sullivan’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Barron retired Washington in order on two flyouts to left and a swinging strike three to close out the game.

Barron faced only 26 batters. In addition to Barnhart’s and Wenzel’s base hits in the second inning, Julia Weglarz singled through the left side in the third and Shannon Rosche doubled to left field in the fifth.

Barnhart (8-10) was saddled with the loss, charged with one run through four innings. Her line included two hits, four walks and three strikeouts.

Brynn Balliet came on to pitch to start the fifth, and gave up the other two Swarthmore runs.


CHESTERTOWN — Second seed Swarthmore was eliminated from the conference tournament after falling to Muhlenberg, 8-7 in 10 innings, in the losers bracket final Saturday morning, May 11.

The Garnet led 4-2 in the top of the third inning when Friday’s game was suspended due to unplayable conditions caused by a steady rain.

The Mules quickly erased their deficit with a pair of runs  to deadlock at 4-all when play resumed Saturday.

Muhlenberg then rallied for three runs in the fifth to take its first lead, 7-5.

Swarthmore forced extra innings with a two-run sixth inning, but was unable to match a 10th-inning run from the Mules.


CHESTERTOWN — Third seed Gettysburg defeated Muhlenberg in the championship game, 7-0, Saturday, building a 4-0 lead after two innings.

The Bullets went 3-0 in the tournament to improve to 28-11 on the season.

Junior left-hander Paige Forry, a two-time conference pitcher of the year, tossed a two-hit shutout to wrap up a tournament in which she threw every pitch, posting a 1.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts against just two walks to claim the most outstanding player honor.

She fanned three in Saturday’s shutout.

Senior outfielder Julia Smith of Marydel, a Queen Anne’s County High School graduate, had a pair of hits, including her first career home run.

Carlie Goldstein added two hits that included a first-inning, two-run double that gave Forry all the run support she needed.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. —¬† Gettysburg will travel to Virginia Wesleyan for the regional round of the NCAA Division III tournament, beginning Thursday, May 16.

The Bullets earned an automatic bid into the field of 62 as the Centennial Conference champions.

Gettysburg, making its fifth NCAA tournament appearance, will play Lebanon Valley in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday.

The host team and Eastern Connecticut State will meet in the day’s other first-round game.

The losers will meet in the first elimination game on Friday at 11 a.m. while the winners will match up 30 minutes following the conclusion of that game with the winner advancing to Saturday’s regional final.

Friday’s action concludes with a second elimination game between the winner of the day’s first contest and the loser of the day’s second game. That winner advances to Saturday’s final, slated to begin at 11 a.m., and would need to win twice to advance to the super regionals the following weekend.

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