Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Siena


Matthew Tomer, Sports Editor

This past Saturday was a Softball series that you did not want to miss. It featured the Hartford Hawks squaring up against the Siena Saints in a doubleheader at the Hartford Softball field. With just one run separating the two sides in both games, it was a series of excitement.

In game one, the Hawks got on the board in the bottom of the first inning as Olivia Wolk laced a triple into right field, backed up by a double steal to give them the first run of the game. Siena went on to tie the game with a run of their own in the third inning. Shortly after that, Hartford pulled ahead once again with a single run in the fourth. The run started with a one-out double by Mara Sczecienski who scored on a single by Mikayla Gordon. The game was tied at two runs apiece going into the bottom of the ninth. To open the final frame, Emily Coffey stepped up to pinch hit and drew a walk. Taylor Fitch came in to run for Coffey and was moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Nevaeh Terrell. With extra innings on the line, Sarah Serrano stepped up to the plate and poked a walk-off double to drive in the winning run to give Hartford game 1 with a final score of 3-2. The walk-off double by Seranno snapped a 12-at-bat hitless streak. Lauren Card was on the mound as she struck out a career-high seven batters for her second complete game of the season.

Once again, the Hawks took an early lead in game two with a solo shot by Sczecienski in the first inning. Sczecienski continued her hot streak with an RBI single in the third inning. The lead would stay at 2-0 until the fourth inning. With the game tied at 2-2, a three-run error would put Siena on top, 5-2. The fourth inning ended up being the lone scoring inning for the Saints. Despite the tough inning, the Hawks did not go down without a fight. Olivia Wolk led off the fifth with a single, then scored off a double by Sczecienski. Mara was at the beginning of the rally in the seventh as she slapped a one-out double. A walk then loaded the bases, and a groundout would allow Sczecienski to come around and score. Another groundout would end the threat and allow Siena to avoid the sweep and take game two with a final score of 5-4.