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R-MC Softball Blanks Wilkes Twice

Kaitlyn Deeter batting
Kaitlyn Deeter (photo by Frank Straus)
Ashland, Va. – Randolph-Macon sophomores Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt) and Ali Celeberti (Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan) both drove in three runs during the nightcap as the Yellow Jackets swept Wilkes by final scores of 5-0 in the early game, and 10-0 in the second.  
The 22nd-ranked Yellow Jackets completed a strong weekend with two shutouts of Wilkes to move to 7-2 on the season. 
The Basics
Score: #22 Randolph-Macon 5, Wilkes 0; #22 Randolph-Macon 10, Wilkes 0 
Location: Ashland, Va. / R-MC Softball Field 
Records: #22 Randolph-Macon (7-2), Wilkes (3-4) 
How it Happened: 
  • Senior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) set the Colonels down in order in the top of the first before junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) was hit by a pitch and swiped second.  Whittemore singled back to the pitcher advancing Stone to third who was able to score on a throwing error by the pitcher to give the Yellow Jackets an early lead.  
  • After quickly retiring the Colonels again, junior Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) sent a double into the left field gap and advanced to third on a groundout to shortstop by junior Sam Scifres (Midlothian, Va. / Clover Hill). 
  • Wilkes got their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth but couldn't produce anything else as R-MC closed out the game in the bottom half of the frame.  Davidson singled to right field before Scifres followed her up by sending a single back up the middle.  Deeter walked to load the bases before senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) blasted a triple over the right fielder's head to clear the bases and put R-MC ahead 5-0.  
  • Whittemore finished the game strong, only allowing two more hits over the next three innings and striking out six to improve her record to 4-1 on the season.  
Game 2:
  • The Yellow Jacket bats were hot early in Game 2 as sophomore Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) retired the Colonels in order before Roth singled and promptly stole second.  Stone then singled, advancing Roth to third before stealing second herself.  Senior Savannah Wood (Tappahanock, Va. / Essex) hit a sac fly to left field scoring Roth and advancing Stone to third.  Celiberti followed that up with a double to left field that would score Stone and give R-MC the 2-0 advantage.  But the scoring wasn't done yet as Scifres and Deeter hit back to back doubles to put the Yellow Jackets up 4-0 at the end of the first inning.  
  • Randolph-Macon continued to pour it on in the second inning.  After a leadoff double from Roth, Stone yanked a ball down the left field line that would score Roth, followed up by a single to right center from Wood. Celiberti ripped a ball back up the middle that would score Stone and Wood and give Celiberti her 2nd and 3rd RBI's of the day.  Davidson would then single followed by a walk drawn by Scifres which would load the bases.  Deeter stepped up and laced a ball back up the middle to score two more Yellow Jackets.  Sophomore Megan Smith (Lexington, Va. / Rockbridge County) would put a ball in play that the infield couldn't handle allowing Scifres to score to put R-MC up 10-0. 
  • Rhoads was lights out for the next two innings, allowing one hit and striking out five Colonels. 
  • Freshman Kellie Ferguson (Capron, Va. / Southampton Academy) would close out the game allowing two hits and no runs 
Up Next:
Randolph-Macon will face Rhode Island College on Monday March, 11 with the first pitch coming at 2 p.m.