March 13, 2019
La Roche 14 Cairn 1
The La Roche College softball team cruised to a 14-1 victory over Cairn on Wednesday afternoon. The Redhawks needed just 5 innings to pick up their first victory of the season.
La Roche scored early and often. Cairn scored a run in the top of the first inning, but the Redhawks answered with four in the bottom half of the inning.
Dayna Calloway drew a one-out walk and Kelly Denk followed with a double. Alexis Medva then hit in both, doubling into centerfield for a 2-1 lead. Emily Samluk singled home Medva and then scored on an error.
Devan Smith tripled and scored in the second inning, and then La Roche put up a 6 spot in the third inning. The first six Redhawks to come to the plate in the third reached base. Smith, Samluk, Calloway, and Kayla Ordos provided RBIs in the inning.
Calloway, Denk, and Medva added run-scoring hits in the fourth inning.
Starting pitcher Alexa Young did not allow a run after the first inning. She earned the victory, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 7 batters.
Medva 2 for 4, 4 RBI, run, double, SB. Smith 3 for 4, 3 runs, RBI, triple. Calloway 2 for 3, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Samluk 3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
La Roche 7 Centenary 3
The Redhawks closed the spring trip with a 7-3 victory over Centenary.
La Roche scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back. Medva led off the inning with a double into left field while Clyde and Samluk reached to load the bases. Grassmyer came through with a single up the right field line to score both. Samluk stole both third base and home to take a three run lead.
The Redhawks loaded the bases again later in the inning. Calloway drove in a run and then Medva beat out an infield hit to score two.
Grassmyer pitched a solid game and did not allow Centenary to get back into it. Ordos tacked on another run in the fifth inning and the Redhawks earned the victory.
Medva 3 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 runs, double. Grassmyer 2 RBI, run. Samluk 2 SB, run. Clyde 2 walks, run. Grassmyer 6.2 IP, 3 ER, victory.
March 12, 2019
Fitchburg 9 La Roche 2
Albertus Magnus 8 La Roche 0
Softball lost to Fitchburg 9-2 and Albertus Magnus 8-0 while playing in the Fastpitch Dreams Classic in Mrytle Beach, SC.
Against Fitchburg, batters Emily Samluk and Rory Bretz were able to get La Roche off to a quick start in the second inning each scoring a run. Samluk's double brought Bretz home, and Kayla Ordos grounded out to bring Samluk back home.
Pitcher, Kalyee Grassmyer was able to throw 8 strikeouts to hold off the opposition. However, the 6 runs by Fitchburg in the fourth inning was just too much for the Redhawks to overcome.
Against Albertus Magnus, pitchers Kaylee Grassmyer and Rory Bretz were each able to throw a strikeout, but it wasn't enough to stop the opposing offense. The Redhawks were able to hold out hope of a comeback up until the bottom of the fourth when Albertus Magnus scored 5 runs.
Softball will get back to work tomorrow vs. Cairn and Centenary.
March 11, 2019
Spalding 8 La Roche 3
Despite two Spalding runs in the opening frame, the Redhawks kept within striking distance for a majority of the game. Starting pitcher Rory Bretz settled down and allowed just one run over the next five innings.
The Redhawks left runners stranded in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Spalding broke it open with five runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Denk, Medva, Samluk, and Ordos all had two hits. Smith had a RBI and run.
Bretz threw a complete game.
SUNY Poly 7 La Roche 5
La Roche fell behind 4-0 after the first inning. The Redhawks answered with runs in the second, third, and fourth innings.
Samantha Hunter used a SUNY Poly error in the second inning to reach base. Alexis Medva advanced home on the play to cut the deficit to three. Alexa Young then sent a fly ball into the outfield for a sacrifice fly to score Brandi Clyde.
Emily Samluk got the Redhawks within a run in the third inning. Samluk sent an RBI single to left field to move Alexis Medva to third and Kelly Denk home.
The Redhawks took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning. Dayna Calloway hit an RBI single to left field to score Young in the fourth inning.
SUNY Poly answered for three runs in the fifth and ended up earning the 7-5 win.
Pitching for the Redhawks was Alexa Young. Young threw all six innings, getting 11 strikeouts.
March 10, 2019
The La Roche College softball team dropped a pair of games in their season-opener on Sunday afternoon. The Redhawks fell to Iowa Wesleyan in the early game 3-0 and to Salem State in the late game 1-0.
Iowa Wesleyan 3 La Roche 0
Senior Kaylee Grassmyer was tremendous on the mound. Grassmyer opened with four scoreless innings, tossing a perfect first inning and then stranding runners in the next three innings.
Iowa Wesleyan grabbed the lead with two unearned runs in the fifth inning. They added a run on an infield hit in the sixth inning, but Grassmyer limited the damage by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
Grassmyer threw all seven innings and struck out eight batters.
Alexis Medva reached base twice.
Salem State 1 La Roche 0
Freshman Rory Bretz got the start on the mound and she was excellent. Bretz allowed just one run over seven complete game innings. She sent Salem State down in order in the fifth and sixth innings and struck out 9 while allowing just 7 base runners.