SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. –The Castleton softball team earned a doubleheader split at Skidmore on Saturday. The Spartans won game one, 9-4, before dropping a 5-0 decision in game two.
Miranda Fish finished the day 4-for-7 to lead the Spartans at the plate. She had two RBIs and a pair of doubles. Kylie Wright pitched a complete-game to earn the victory on game one and hit a triple and scored a run offensively.
For the Thoroughbreds, Hannah Paolucchi led the way with a 4-for-6 line on the day with a home run in each game. Kaitlyn Judd also homered for Skidmore (8-9) in the victory in game two.
Castleton (6-9) returns to action on Tuesday with a scheduled home doubleheader versus Plymouth State, set to commence at 3:30 p.m.
Castleton 9, Skidmore 4
Castleton scored seven runs in the fifth inning to flip a two-run deficit to a five-run advantage. Olivia Bowen drove in the first run on a single to left. Then, Kate LaPan hit a two-run single to give the Spartans a lead. Tori Swaine walked with the bases loaded before an infield error and a wild pitch allowed the remaining tallies to cross the plate.
Skidmore struck first in the third inning for a pair of runs with two outs. Megan White doubled before back-to-back singles by Karly Fishkin and Genesis Delgado plated both scores.
Skidmore inched closer in the sixth on a two-run homerun by Hannah Paolucchi, but Miranda Fish crushed a one-bouncer off the fence in left-center to score two and re-gain the five-run cushion.
Wright earned her fourth win after going the distance for the Spartans. She allowed four runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Emily Popp took the loss after surrendering seven runs, three earned, on six hits. She walked one and struck out five.
Skidmore 5, Castleton 0
Hannah Davis tossed a three-hit shutout and two homers led the Thoroughbreds to the doubleheaders split.
Paolucchi launched her second homer of the day to left to open the second inning and give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Then, the Thoroughbreds made it 2-0 after Haris walked, stole second, and came around to score on a single by Judd.
Skidmore put two runners on base in the fifth, but the threat was halted when Jayna Ryan tracked down a fly ball in deep right and the relay doubled off the runner at first.
In the sixth, Fishkin hit a leadoff single and scored two batters later on a Paolucchi single through the left side. Skidmore completed the scoring in the seventh when Judd hit a two-run blast to left.
The Spartans put runners in scoring position in the first and sixth innings but were unable to crack Davis in their best chances to score.
Bowen took the loss in the circle for Castleton. She went five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits. She walked two and struck out three.