WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 28, 2018) – A bizarre day at the ball park ended with a pair of Rollins losses. The Tars fell 5-3 in game one, while a late Rollins comeback fell short, as game two ended 6-5 in favor of the Barry Buccaneers. The Tars close the 2018 campaign with a record of 27-24, going 13-17 against Sunshine State Conference competition. Barry finishes their season 24-30, and 9-21 in SSC play.
Prior to the contests Rollins honored their three seniors Kacie Booth, Brianne Lint, and Chandler Middlebrook. Game one of the doubleheader had to be delayed due to an injury to an umpire, and a afternoon doubleheader turned into an evening twin bill. Big innings from Barry made the difference on the day, with the Bucs putting up three in the sixth frame of game one, and four in the opening stanza of game two.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A bases loaded groundout plated the first run of the day for the Bucs in the top of the second.
- After a four hour delay the Tars responded in the bottom of the inning with some heads up baserunning. Lindsay Gehring scoring from third when the Bucs tried to throw out Brianna Ernst stealing second.
- A lead off double by Madison VonHagel was the catalyst to the Bucs big sixth inning. A Brittany Phillips single scored one run while a Sam Busekrus double sent two more Bucs home, giving Barry a 4-1 lead.
- Brianne Lint would homer in the bottom of the inning, cutting the Barry lead to two.
- VonHagel would resurrect the Barry advantage with a solo shot of her own in the seventh.
- Ernst would score on fielder's choice by Chandler Middlebrook in the bottom of the seventh, but the Tars could get no closer, dropping the first game 5-3, five hours after the first pitch.
- The Bucs started strong in game one, putting up four runs in the top of the first inning. The frame was highlighted by a Madison VonHagel, two run homerun.
- Sarah Harrison would lead off the Tars half of the first with a walk, and she would score on a Chandler Middlebrook homerun to right center field.
- The Bucs would regain the four run lead with runs in the third and fourth frames. One score came on a throwing error by the Tars, the other on a homerun by Kristina Osorio.
- The Tars would respond with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Amanda Guglietta tallied a pinch hit two run single in the frame, scoring Lindsay Gehring and Talia Kentoffio to pull the Tars within one.
- That was as close as the Tars could come. Rollins would put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, but could not bring them across, before going down in order in the seventh.
- Brianna Ernst (3B) – 2-2, 1 Run, SB
- Madison VonHagel (C) – 3-3, HR, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
- Abby Summers – ND, 3.1 IP, 1 Run, 3 BB, 1 SO
- Christie Falcon – W, CG, 3 Runs, 3 SO
- Chandler Middlebrook (DP) – 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Run
- Anieliese Palmiero (3B) – 3-4, 2 Runs, SB
- Grace Street – ND, 6.0 IP, 2 Runs, 1 ER, 5 SO
- Geneva Santos – W, 4.0 IP, 5 Runs, 1 SO
- Brianne Lint ends her senior campaign as the SSC leader in homeruns, with 10. She also joins a very short list of Tars with multiple 10 homerun seasons.
- Chandler Middlebrook edged Madison VonHagel for the most RBI in the SSC, the Tars finished with 42, while the Buc ends the year with 39.
- Grace Street ends her junior season third in the SS with 144 strikeouts.
- Michelle Frew is now 798-348-1 in her 22nd season at the helm of the Rollins softball program.
This doubleheader concludes the Tars 2018 season. The Tars end the year at 27-24.
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