Laflam homers in first at-bat of senior season
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to open up the 2013 season against Skidmore College and Simpson College on Saturday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games. The Lyons fell to the Thoroughbreds, 4-3, and lost to the Storm, 3-1.
Skidmore 4, Wheaton 3
Sophomore Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) landed the no-decision in Wheaton's first game of the season on four-and-two-thirds innings, seven hits, one run (earned), zero walks and a team-high six strikeouts. Classmate Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) suffered the loss on two innings pitched, three hits, three runs (one earned), no walks and two punchouts.
Junior Katie Sorochka (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) pushed her record to 2-0 overall for Skidmore throwing seven innings, yielding ten hits, three runs (all earned), three walks and a game-high seven strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first, senior right fielder Renee Laflam (Concord, N.H./Concord) belted a two-run home run to give the Lyons an early 2-0 advantage. Senior first baseman Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) singled in front of Laflam with two outs to keep the inning alive.
Wheaton added another run in the third inning as Christmas scored on a wild pitch.
Skidmore (2-1) scratched home a run in the fifth on an RBI single from senior catcher Carol Brown (Seattle, Wash./Garfield) that scored junior second baseman Katie Peverada (Hampden, Maine/Pomfret School) from third base. Peverada singled with one out and advanced to third on a double by sophomore shortstop Abby Shea (Newport, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) before scoring.
The Thoroughbreds completed its come-from-behind victory in the seventh producing three runs on three hits and one error.
Roy went 3-for-4 with one run scored from the third spot in the lineup while Laflam was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI's from the cleanup spot in the order.
Simpson 3, Wheaton 1
Senior pitcher Kacee Arey (Lucas, Iowa/Southeast Warren) improved to 9-1 overall on the season with a complete-game three-hitter. Arey allowed one unearned run, struck out one batter and issued just one walk.
Wheaton junior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) was handed the loss on six innings of work, nine hits, three runs (all earned), zero walks and two punchouts.
The Storm (16-3) struck for all three of their runs in the bottom of the second inning as freshman designated player Kaye Taylor (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) notched a two-run single and sophomore left fielder Ashley Prettyman (Des Moines, Iowa/East) connected for an RBI double to right-center field.
In the seventh inning, the Lyons scored on a throwing error with two outs in the frame. Junior third baseman Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and senior second baseman Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass./Southfield School) both had singles while freshman left fielder Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) had a leadoff double in the first inning.
Wheaton (0-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) takes on Marietta College and Lakeland College in day two of the Rebel Springs Games tomorrow in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lyons face Marietta at 11 a.m. and Lakeland at 1 p.m.