Martin And Reath Help Softball Women Split With Roanoke

Freshman Kelsi Martin improved to 6-0 with her 8-inning shutout in the opener. (photo by James DeBoer)
Freshman Kelsi Martin improved to 6-0 with her 8-inning shutout in the opener. (photo by James DeBoer)

The softball women started on a high note before settling for a split against Roanoke College at home on Saturday afternoon. The Royals got their first conference win of the 2018 season and stand at 13-5 overall and 1-1 in the ODAC. 

Eastern Mennonite returns to action on Tuesday afternoon as they travel across town to rival Bridgewater College in a doubleheader slate starting at 3:00. 

EMU 2, RC 0
The opener was a tight duel that ultimately ending in extra innings until the winner was decided. 

Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) started things off with a double for EMU in the bottom of the 1st. Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) followed up with a bunt down the third base line to put Brennemen in scoring position, but the remainder of the inning brought three quick outs to leave two on base for the Royals. 

Hits were at a standstill for both teams until the 6th inning. Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) smacked a two-out double, but was left on base to keep the score at 0-0. 

The next inning left nothing across for both teams, as the Marrons and Royals were forced into extra innings at 0-0. Because regulation ended with a tie, the international tie breaker placed a runner at second for the Maroons. EMU's defense stepped up and held the Maroons to three quick outs, giving the Royals another look to walk away with the win.

Madison Cash (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) took second as Breeden stepped up to the plate to start the bottom of the 8th. After a couple of ground outs, Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) pulled a two-run walkoff homer down the left field line to give EMU the win, 2-0.

Reath was 1-3 with 2 RBIs, while Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) went 3-3. 

Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) pitched the complete game in the circle, allowing only one hit while striking out three. 

RC 8, EMU 0
The second game looked different for the Royals as the defense had a hard time finding their form. In the top of the second, the Maroons scored three unearned runs after loading the bases with two outs. 

The Royals got the bats going in the bottom of the 4th, but ended up leaving two on base keeping the score at 3-0. 

The Maroons used big back-to-back innings, combining for five runs and two hits on three EMU errors. EMU was unable to respond, ultimately falling 8-0 in the nightcap. All 8 of Roanoke's runs were unearned.

Reath and Breeden each went 2-3, with Rockwell and Makayla Morris (Stanardsville, Va./William Monroe) adding a hit. 

Reath pitched 4.1 for the Royals allowing five runs, two hits, and struck out three. Martin came in relief for the final 1.2 and allowed two hits and three runs.