NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Castleton softball team opened its 2019 campaign with a pair of eight-run rule victories (9-0, 16-0) over Lehman College on Thursday.
As a team, the Spartans went 21-for-50 (.420) with six extra-base hits. Miranda Fish finished 4-for-6 with a double, triple, two RBIs, and a stolen base. MaKenna Thorne went 3-for-3 in game two with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored, while Devin Millerick led all players with five runs scored and four stolen bases on the afternoon.
Castleton will take on #17 Coe on Friday at 6 p.m.
Castleton 8, Lehman 0
Castleton scored at least once in all four offensive innings including three each in the third and fourth. Fish finished with a game-high three hits with a 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs.
Castleton jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Fish ripped a single to right to score Millerick from third. Then, the Spartans doubled their lead in the second on an attempted double steal after LaPan led off with a single.
After Wright surrendered back-to-back walks to open the second frame, she induced a soft liner caught by LaPan at second base, which started a triple play with both runners straying too far.
In the third, Fish smoked a one-out triple to right and came around to score on an errant throw. After a double by Jamie Boyle, Castleton scored twice more on a pair of fielding errors and a wild pitch.
Fish knocked an RBI single followed by a two-run single from Tori Swaine to complete the scoring.
Wright walked three and struck out three to earn her first victory in the circle.
Castleton 16, Lehman 0
Castleton batted around in both the first and fifth innings to account for 14 out of 16 runs scored in the contest. Kayla Fac hit a two-run double to open the scoring followed by RBI singles by Thorne, Cassidy Otis, and Emily LaBounty and a run-scoring ground out from Micaela Madigan.
In the second, Thorne swatted her second RBI single in as many innings. The Spartans failed to score and were retired in order for the first time in the third inning, before bumping the lead to nine on an infield single by Otis in the fourth.
A two-run single off the bat of Millerick and a long two-RBI double by Swaine highlighted the offensive output in the fifth.
Arjavich struck out five without surrendering a walk to pick up her first career victory. Emily Harvey tossed a scoreless fifth, fanning two hitters.