KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Wheaton College softball team opened the 2017 campaign with a 2-1 win in nine innings against the Simpson College Storm to kick off the Rebel Spring Games, but fell 3-2 against the Westminster (Penn.) Titans on Saturday.
GAME ONE- Wheaton 2, Simpson 1 (9 inn.)
Senior starting pitcher Danielle Cimino pitched six shut out innings to help guide Wheaton's effort in shutting down the Storm's offense. It wasn't until extra innings during the top of the eighth where Simpson's Paige Lammers singled to left field to score in Annie Stolte to jump on the board first.
Wheaton's bats responded quickly in the bottom half when sophomore Lily Ongkiko was placed on second and advanced to third off a sacrifice bunt from senior Mary DeMoura. But it was sophomore Shelbi Wilson with the tying RBI with a single down the left field line to score in Ongkiko.
Wilson's (1-0) pitching shut down Simpson in the top of the ninth to allow Wheaton's bats get back to work. Senior Rebecca Seifert was placed on second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt that allowed first-year Carly Venditti to drill a hit to right field that scored in Seifert and seal the victory.
GAME TWO- Westminster (Penn.) 3, Wheaton 2
During the first inning, the Lyons used a single up the middle from DeMoura who would later steal home to score the first run of the game. The Titans would respond in the bottom half with a walked in run and sacrifice fly to get ahead, 2-1.
Wheaton would tie the game in the third thanks to a double in left center by DeMoura who would be scored in later by Seifert.
In the bottom of the sixth, Westminster's Jazmyn Rohrer singled into right field with what would be the game-winning RBI, scoring in Addie Dieterich to bring them up 3-2. The Lyons tallied a single to right from first-year Vendetti, but it wouldn't be enough as the Titans earned the 3-2 victory.
The Lyons enter day two of the Rebel Springs games on Sunday in a double-header against Trine University (1:30 p.m.) and William Paterson University (6 p.m.).