ASHLAND, Va. – The tenth-ranked Randolph-Macon softball team swept visiting Stevenson in its home opener, pushing them to 3-1 on the season. The first game finished 7-1 with the second finishing 11-3 in five innings.
Randolph-Macon 7, Stevenson 1
Stevenson scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, but the Yellow Jackets responded quickly in the bottom of the frame. Seniors Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) and Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) started the inning with back-to-back singles before Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) laced a single back up the middle driving Roth in. Junior Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) followed up with a double down the left field line to drive in Wood and Whittemore and give R-MC a 3-1 lead. The Yellow Jackets added one more run later in the inning as Davidson capitalized on an error by the Mustangs shortstop.
In the bottom of the second, Roth got the offense going again after singling to the shortstop before stealing second and being driven home by a single to left field from Wood. In the third, sophomore Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt) reached base on an error before stealing second and taking advantage of two passed balls to increase the Yellow Jackets lead to 6-1. Junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) reached on an error before being moved to second by junior Sam Scifres (Midlothian, Va. / Clover Hill) and then stealing third. Junior Taylor Sanderford (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) drove in the final run for the Yellow Jackets
Whittemore improved her record on the season to 2-0 going five strong innings only allowing three hits and recording seven strikeouts. Sophomore Ali Celiberti (Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan) threw a perfect last two innings, not allowing a baserunner and recording two strikeouts. Wood went 3-for-3 in the first game driving in two runs.
Randolph-Macon 11, Stevenson 3
The Yellow Jackets had the bats going early again in game two.
Roth again led off the game with a single before stealing second, and Stone followed suit with a single and steal of her own. Wood singled through the left side driving in Roth and Stone before sophomore Ashley Ramsey (Mechanicsville, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) took an outside pitch the opposite way through the right side to score Wood. But the bats weren't done yet as Davidson reached on a fielder's choice before junior Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's) doubled down the right field line before Sanderford sent a single to the outfield to score Davidson.
In the bottom of the second, Roth led off the inning with a single yet again, before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Stone then walked and stole second. Wood drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to right field before Ramsey yanked a double off the wall in left field to drive in Stone. Not to be outdone, Deeter stepped to the plate and hammered a pitch over the wall in center field for her first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the third Roth, singled again to right field and advanced to third as the ball got past the right fielder. Freshman Isabella Brooks (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) stepped to the plate and scorched a ball past the shortstop to score Roth and record her first collegiate RBI. R-MC finished its scoring for the day in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Brittany LaPrade (Quinton, Va. / New Kent) singled up the middle before sophomore Kamryn Steinruck (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) beat out a hit back to the pitcher. In a pinch-hitting situation, Celiberti doubled to left field scoring Steinruck.
Sophomore Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) improved her record to 1-1 on the season, going four strong innings allowing four hits and striking out four. Freshman Kellie Ferguson (Capron, Va. / Southampton Academy) threw the last inning without allowing a hit.
Randolph-Macon will face Gettysburg at home tomorrow, Sunday, March 3. The first pitch time has been adjusted to 11:00 AM due to the forecast in Central Virginia.