Keystone College’s softball team posted its first victory of the season on March 10, outslugging Hilbert College 14-9 at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
Lackawanna Trail graduate Kaitlyn Sawicki went 3-4 with four RBIs to lead the Giants, who leveled the record at 1-1 on the season.
Keystone jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a four run top half of the second inning. Antonette Scialpi scored a Sawicki double to open the scoring before Tiana Genetti hit a two-run single that plated Sarah Stacey and Shannon Dermont. Jackie Murray scored the Giants’ fourth run on a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by Katie Marro.
After Hilbert got a run back in the home third, Sawicki hit a two-run double that brought home Sarah Schraden and Emily Long to make a 6-1 game in favor of the Giants.
The Hawks used a three-run fifth to cut their deficit to 6-4, but Keystone responded in a big way, putting up five runs in the visitor’s sixth to build an 11-4 cushion. Stephanie Puckett scored on an error before Ariel Ardo came home on a wild pitch. Chelsey Hropovich then hit a two-run single before being brought across the plate on a Sawicki base hit.
Hilbert added three runs in the home half of the sixth, but Keystone tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth as Marro, Karissa Worobey, and Long all recorded RBI hits in the inning. The Hawks would get two runs back in their last at bats, but were unable to overcome the seven-run deficit.
Schraden picked up the win on the mound after allowing seven runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters in 5.1 innings. Worobey worked the final 1.2 innings in the circle for the Giants, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning a pair of batters.