by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
The Pirates fall at .500 after two sets of double headers (2-2). In their first showing of 2017, the Bulldogs won one and dropped one to start off 1-1.
Game One: Redlands 6, Whitworth 5
The Bulldogs got on the board first in the bottom of the third with a homerun from Shannon Skrzynski followed by a RBI double from Summer Smith. Lali Garzi singled the next at bat to bring Smith home and put the home team up 3-0.
In the top of the fifth, Shannon Wessel got the Pirates on board advancing on a fielder's choice, but an error by second basemen Elise Ramirez left Kinsey McNaught on second and scored Myranda Ramirez. Michelle Silva tripled to left field, Wessel was tagged at home, but McNaught touched the plate to make the score 3-2. Responding in the bottom of the inning, Amanda Ang found her self on third base and seized on oppurtinty to score on a passed ball. Smith added another run on a double from Garza.
Wessel added two more RBIs to her stats in the sixth inning with a double scoring Ramirez and Desi Graham cutting Redland's lead to one (5-4).
The Pirates held the Bulldogs scoreless in the bottom of the sixth and scored Silva on a Natalie Edlin single up the middle. To end the game in the bottom of the seventh, Nicole Stanzione advanced on a Pirate error, scoring Skrzynski.
Pirate Allie Rude finished 4-4 from the plate and Wessel went 2-3 with three RBIs. Smith led the Bulldogs with four hits on four at bats, scoring twice and batting another home. Ashley Trueblood spent two innings on the mound and had two strikeouts, but gets the loss moving to 0-1 on the season. Lindsey Mifsud pitched all seven innings for Redlands, leading them to their first win of the season.
Game Two: Whitworth 11, Redlands 3
Silva kicked off the scoring in the top of the first with a triple to left center, scoring Wessel and McNaught to get an early 2-0 lead. The Pirates sent the first three Bulldog batters back to the dugout on groundouts to second, first and third.
In the second inning, Ramirez found home plate on an error from Ursyla Baumgarten allowing Shannon Wessel to get safely to first with two down. A single to left field and a hit by pitch put two on base for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the second, but the next three would be retired, two of those on strikeouts from Madi Perez.
Ang put the Bulldogs on the board in the bottom of the third, reaching on an error allowing Hayley Romo to safely cross home. Smith doubled to center on the next at-bat, scoring Ang to make the score 3-2.
The fourth inning added three more runs to the Pirates side with back-to-back homeruns. Wessel launched one over the fence scoring Ramirez followed by a solo-homerun by Silva (3rd of the year) to go up by four (6-2).
Ang scored Redlands last run of the game on passed ball (6-3) that brought her home and advanced Garza to second. Whitworth took care of the next two betters, striking one out looking and another grounding out to the second basemen Logan Miller.
The Pirates nearly doubled their scoring in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs. Rude doubled through the left side scoring Tessa Matthews and Michelle Silva. Logan Miller singled up the middle advancing McKenna Holmes to third who was pinch running for Rude. Ramirez stepped up to the plate and sent a hit into left field, scoring both Miller and Holmes. Ramirez touched the plate lastly for Whitworth, stealing home on a wild pitch by Casey Maltz.
Whitworth finished the game fielding two pop outs and grounding out to second base to eight run rule the Bulldogs and improve to 2-2 on the season.
In addition to launching her third homerun of the year, Silva added two more hits and another two RBIs. Madi Perez (1-0) got the win with three innings and four strikeouts. Mika Imoto drops Redlands first game of the year, giving up three runs in two innings.
Coming Up: The Whitworth softball team will finish up their first trip to California at Occidental in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.