Pioneers Tripped up By Medaille

Pioneers Tripped up By Medaille

The Alfred State softball team fell in pair of contests as they battled Medaille on Thursday afternoon. The Mavericks took the opener 6-3 and the nightcap 13-2.

In the opener, Lauren Kocher delivered RBI singles in the 3rd and the 5th to get the Mavericks on the board. Abby Nicometi scored on a wild pitch in the 5th and Morgan Ziemba lifted a sac fly in the 6th to build the Medaille lead to 4-0.

The Pioneers rallied in the 6th and cut the deficit to 4-3. Steffanie Preston (Groton) drew a bases  loaded walk, Annie Corrao (Grand Island) collected a RBI single, and Zoe Derr (Elmira Heights/Thomas Edison) hit a sac fly.  The blue & gold had runners on 1st and 2nd when Laura Kratzke recorded the final out of the inning.

Bridge Masiello connected on a two-run homer to add a pair of insurance runs and Kratzke struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to seal the win.

Courtney McDaniel (Arkport) was 2 for 4 to pace the Pioneer offense while Kocher was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI for the Mavs.

In the nightcap, the Lady Pioneers got on the board in the 1st when McDaniel collected a RBI single and Alexis Bradshaw (Brighton) collected a RBI groundout. 

Medaille answered back with four in the top of the 2nd. They then put the game out of reach with a seven-run 3rd inning. They added two more runs in the 5th.

Mercedes Sulzbach led the Mavericks with a 3 for 3, 2 RBI day. She collected two doubles and a triple. Halle Jurs and Kocher were each 2 for 3 with a RBI. Brooke Peters tossed a complete game five-hitter.

Melissa Barber (Nassau/Catholic Central) finished 2 for 3 for the Lady Pioneers. 

The Pioneers continue their homestand on Friday when they host Pitt-Bradford for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.