ASHLAND, Va. – Tenth-ranked Randolph-Macon softball split the second series of a two-day home opener with Gettysburg Sunday afternoon. R-MC dropped the first game in extra innings 5-4, but won the nightcap 3-1. Senior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) went 3-7 at the plate and knocked in a run on the day, while also ringing up seven inside the circle.
Gettysburg 5, Randolph-Macon 4 (8 Innings)
The Bullets got an early jump with a triple from the first batter of the game. A single brought the initial runner home before a two-out homer put Gettysburg on top 3-0.
The game remained locked until the bottom of the third inning. Junior Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) led the inning off with a single. She was bunted along by junior Taylor Sanderford (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee), who sacrificed to move Davidson over. Senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) singled to short, continuing to move Davidson along the basepaths. As Roth took off for second in the next at-bat, Davidson took off after the throw targeting Roth, earning the steal and the run in the same move.
R-MC tacked more on in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Ashley Ramsey (Mechanicsville, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) earned a walk and was replaced on the basepaths by senior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George). Abernethy was bunted along by sophomore Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt), who sacrificed herself. Abernethy then stole third, but a foul out put R-MC in danger of leaving runs aboard. Junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) ensured that didn't happen as she bunted Abernethy into home, scoring the RBI. Davidson kept the inning going as she singled to right field, advancing Stone to third. As Davidson attempted to steal second in the next at-bat, she got caught in a rundown, but kept the throw away from home plate, allowing Stone to score and knotting the game at 3-3.
Randolph-Macon earned its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gettysburg gave up two walks in a row, one hitting senior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) and the other a traditional base-on-balls to Abernethy. Deeter earned the sacrifice and moved both along. Senior Brittany LaPrade (Quinton, Va. / New Kent) pushed Wood home as she singled to center field, putting R-MC up 4-3. But the Bullets tied the game in the top of the seventh as a leadoff double eventually became the tying run as Gettysburg hit into an RBI-single with two outs.
The Bullets closed the game with a score in the top of the eighth after R-MC loaded the bases.
Davidson went 2-3 in the game, while Whittemore hit 2-4. Whittemore went eight innings and struck out seven inside the circle.
Randolph-Macon 3, Gettysburg 1
The nightcap swung back the Yellow Jackets' way as Randolph-Macon got the win 3-1.
R-MC started out on a good note, scoring in the bottom of the first. The leadoff batter, Roth, got aboard thanks to a walk and advancing over to second on a wild pitch. Stone moved Roth over again with a sacrifice bunt. Whittemore grounded out, but scored the RBI as Roth came home.
R-MC held the 1-0 advantage until the fifth inning, when the Yellow Jackets tacked on more. Junior Sam Scifres (Midlothian, Va. / Clover Hill) singled to lead off the inning. She was moved over by junior Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's), who sacrificed herself. LaPrade pinch hit and was the beneficiary of a throwing error by Gettysburg. That put senior Sarah Cimring (Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge) at third, who scored as Roth reached on a fielder's choice in the next at-bat.
Gettysburg got one run back in the top of the sixth with a home run, but R-MC added a score in the bottom half of the inning. Whittemore singled up the middle and was moved along on a wild pitch. Scifres scored Whittemore with a single to right field, settling the final at 3-1.
Sophomore Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) earned the win, striking out eight and allowing just one Gettysburg hit.
Randolph-Macon will travel to Washington College on Wednesday for a 2:00 PM twinbill.