With sweep of Haverford, Washington tightens grip on first in Centennial softball

CHESTERTOWN — Jenna Harper and Lilly Wenzel homered back-to-back with two away in the last of the fifth inning Sunday to extend Washington’s lead to 11-3 over Centennial Conference rival Haverford and abruptly end game two of a twin bill.

Washington also won the first game, 16-12, to sweep Haverford for the first time in seven years.

The Shore ladies have won nine of their last 10 games; they are 18-11-1 on the season, 9-1 in conference games.

In the nightcap on Sunday, Washington pushed three runs across in the second inning to break a 2-2 tie. Harper’s bases-loaded flyout to center field scored Chloe Trefz (leadoff walk) with the go-ahead run. Three batters later, and with two away, Lilly Cook (2-for-3) singled through the left side to plate Julia Weglarz (single) and Gracelyn Goforth (single).

Washington scored three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to win by the eight-run rule.

In the last of the fifth, Harper (3-for-3, 3 RBI) homered to center with Weglarz (2-for-4) aboard for a 10-3 lead.

Then, pinch hitter Wenzel went yard for the 11-3 final.

Brynn Balliet improved to 9-4 in the circle. Her line included three strikeouts and two walks.

The first game was a wild one with the two teams combining for 28 runs, 34 hits and nine errors.

Gen Kozub (2-1) picked up the win in relief of Lexi Barnhart — despite allowing eight runs over four innings.

Washington played from behind early after giving up three unearned runs in the first inning.

A six-hit, six-run second inning turned a 3-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead. The key hit was Barnhart’s two-out, two-run double to left that scored Weglarz with the go-ahead run.

Haverford (7-19-1, 1-8-1 CC) and Washington combined to score 11 runs in the third inning. In the home half of the frame, Kozub and Cook doubled in succession and drove in four runs to restore Washington’s lead for good, 12-9.

Washington finished with 19 hits, led by Nevaeh Unzueta (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Cook (3-for-5, double, 3 RBI).

WC is at Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday for a pair of conference games, and returns home Saturday for a doubleheader against Gettysburg.

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