Washington sweeps Ursinus in softball doubleheader

CHESTERTOWN — Senior Lexi Barnhart and sophomore Brynn Balliet pitched complete games Saturday to help Washington sweep Ursinus in a Centennial Conference softball twin bill. They each struck out five batters and collectively issued only two walks.

The Shore ladies improved to 11-10-1 on the season.

Barnhart (4-5, 3.83 ERA) went the distance in the 3-1 first game, which was the conference opener for both schools.

She got all the run support she needed in the last of the fifth inning courtesy of Lilly Wenzel’s two-run homer to right field. Mia Mavoides’ two-out base hit up the middle scored Chloe Trefz, who singled with one away and swiped second, for a 3-0 lead.

Julia Weglarz singled behind Mavoides to extend the inning, but both runners were stranded after a flyout in foul territory to the Bears’ third baseman.

Ursinus (8-14) broke up Barnhart’s shutout bid in the top of the sixth with back-to-back-to-back singles from Samantha Mallen, Sara Sullivan and Kayla Carr to open the inning.

With two on and no one out, Barnhart avoided any more run damage by retiring the next three batters she faced on a flyout to left field, a swinging strikeout and a groundout to shortstop.

Sarah DiLello singled to left with two away in the top of the seventh, but was left on base when Barnhart coaxed a routine infield groundout from Mallen to end the game.

Washington won the nightcap, 6-3, after pushing five runs across in the last of the fifth to wipe out a 2-1 deficit.

Trefz singled to open the inning and subsequently scored on Lilly Cook’s base hit up the middle to deadlock at 2-apiece. Cook went on to score what would hold up to be the winning run after advancing on a Barnhart base hit and stealing home.

Wenzel drove in a pair of insurance runs with a two-out double to left-center.

Washington went ahead, 1-0, in the fourth on Nevaeh Unzueta’s two-out blast that cleared the center field fence.

The Bears took their only lead of the afternoon, 2-1, with two unearned runs with two away in the top of the fifth.

They scored their other run in the seventh on two base hits, a fielder’s choice and an error.

With runners on first and second and two away, the Bears threatened to do more damage, but Balliet (6-3, 3.05 ERA) coaxed a flyout to center to end the game.

Washington outhit Ursinus, 9-6, and had only one strikeout.

Ursinus left eight runners on base.

NOTE:  Junior first baseman Maddy Kendall of Galena, a graduate of Kent County High School, has appeared in 16 games with nine starts for Washington.

She is batting .200 with four hits, four RBI and four runs scored.

Her fielding percentage is .986, with only one error in 74 chances.

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