PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Castleton softball team swept the first Little East Conference Softball Athletes of the Week list for the week ending March 3. Calli Van Gorden was named Player of the Week, Miranda Fish earned Rookie of the Week honors, and Kylie Wright garnered Pitcher of the Week recognition.
Van Gorden went 10-for-20 at the plate in seven games with seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple). She had five RBIs on the week, walked three times, and scored five runs. Van Gorden currently leads the team with a .900 slugging percentage. She also made 14 putouts and had nine assists in the field, playing primarily shortstop, without committing an error.
Fish opened her collegiate career by slashing a .524 line (11-for-21) at the plate and currently leads the squad with 11 hits. She had two doubles, a triple, and drove in seven runs in seven games. She also walked four times and struck out only once in 26 plate appearances for a .600 on-base percentage, and stole three bases without getting caught. In 12 chances in the field at the hot corner, Fish had five assists and six putouts with one error for a .917 fielding percentage.
Wright went 3-0 in the circle with a 1.11 earned-run average in 19 innings pitched to lead the Spartan staff. She also appeared in two games in relief where she did not allow a run. She made her collegiate debut on Feb. 28 versus Lehman, where she tossed a two-hit shutout (five innings). In her next start, Wright hurled another five-inning complete game allowing a pair of runs, both unearned, on five hits. She did not allow her first earned runs of her career until the fifth inning versus Hilbert on Sunday. She went the distance in the 7-3 Spartan victory, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Wright was also productive at the plate, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, a triple, and seven RBIs. She helped her own cause on Sunday with a bases-clearing, three-run double versus Hilbert.
As a team, the Spartans hit .380 (70-for-184) in the opening week of play and is 5-2 entering their final day of competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Spartans end the trip on Monday with contests versus Penn St.-Harrisburg at 12:00 p.m. and a rematch with nationally-ranked Coe College at 4:00 p.m.