Tue. May 17th, 2022

The West Chester softball team had a busy spring break , playing a total of 14 games during the dates of March 6 to March 13. They totaled a record of ten wins and four losses, with a couple of four-game winning streaks during these spring games, which were played in Clermont, Fla. They played the following teams during that span; University of Mary (which was a double header), Urbana University (Ohio) two times, Ferris State University, University of Southern Indiana, Stonehill College, Limestone College, University of Charleston, Queens College, Concordia University, St. Paul, Merrimack College, Northern State University, and Tiffin University (Ohio).

Starting off the Dot Richardson Spring games with a double header against University of Mary, the Lady Rams took both games by scores of 9-1 in the first game, and 2-1 in the second game. Shortstop Madison Kelly batted in two RBI’s, three hits, and pitcher Brooke Harner pitched five innings and allowed only one run.

Moving on to the next game against Urbana University, WCU dominated with a score of 11-4, continuing their winning streak to three games. Designated hitter Erin Whitman batted in two runs, and also had two hits in the win. Right fielder Ali Vavala also came up huge batting in four runs, and had two important hits as well to add on to her stats.

The next team the Golden Rams faced off against was Ferris State University, in which they took the game by a score of 5-4. Sarah Walasavage came up huge for the Lady Rams, as she posted in three runs, and also had four huge hits in this close game, which came down to the last inning. Swinging over to the next opponent which was University of Southern Indiana, WCU could not pull out the win ultimately losing 5-0. This wasn’t the Lady Rams’ best game as they all combined for a total of three hits on the day, and were outplayed by their opponent. 

The next opponent was Stonehill College, bouncing back from that loss against University of Southern Indiana with an impressive win and score of 11-3. Whitman and Walasavage stood out, as they both combined for five runs batted in and also six hits helping the Lady Rams secure this impressive win.

Going over to the next game against Limestone College, WCU struggled as they lost to a score of 3-0.  The Lady Rams did not have their best hitting day only combining for four hits, and also a total of four errors as well.

The Golden Rams next opponent was Urbana University again, to where they got the win again with a close score of 7-6. Walasavge was huge for the Lady Rams success as she hit a homerun which brought in three runs, and also hit a sacrifice fly to bring in another run as well. 

West Chester played up against University of Charleston next, to which unfortunately the Lady Rams were unable to pull out the win losing 4-3 in a close game. WCU had a total of five hits along with those three runs, and a total of three errors as well, which was a big reason for the loss. Sliding over to the next game, The Golden Rams played up against Queens College posting a shutout win of 8-0. Pitcher Katie Erb pitched five innings and also had two strikeouts and only gave up a total of three hits.

The next game was against Concordia University, St. Paul and once again the Lady Rams pulled out another win with the score of 8-6. Charlotte Conaway and Micaela McSpadden combined for a total of five runs batted in and also a total of two hits as well as they lead the Golden Rams to the victory.

The Lady Rams next opponent in this 14 game Spring Ball was against Merrimack College, and again they pull out the victory with a score of 8-1.  Whitman came up big bringing in three runs and also big hits as well starting off the momentum for the Lady Rams.

Getting close to the end of the spring games, the Golden Rams next opponent was against Northern State University, and the Rams getting their fourth straight win with a score of 7-3.

The final game the Golden Rams played in the 14 game Dot Richardson Spring games was against Tiffin University. Unfortunately the Lady Rams could not get the win in the last game losing to a score of 4-3. After playing 14 games in the Dot Richardson Spring series, the Lady Rams ended with a record of 10-4. They continue to strive for greatness as the season goes on, and carry the momentum from the spring games to a hopeful PSAC championship run this year.

Marcelus Council-Jones is a third-year and can be reached at MC785844@wcupa.edu

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