Special to Franklin County Free Press
CHAMBERSBURG — The Wilson College softball team played in the opening rounds of the 2019 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) softball championship Friday.
The Phoenix (25-7-2) took down the Cyclones of Centenary University by a score of 2-0 in the opener and was delayed in the top of the fourth inning of the nightcap against Cedar Crest College with the score 3-0 in favor of the Falcons.
Junior Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) got the start in the circle for Wilson. She took control of the game early and was able to keep the Cyclone offense at bay. The offense supported her in a huge way, adding a run in the bottom half of the first.
After junior Alison Shockey (Greencastle, Pa., Greencastle-Antrim) reached base on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning, freshman Taylor Durant (Woodinville, Wash., Monroe) stepped up and slapped a double that drove in Shockey; making the score 1-0 Wilson.
With Potter continuing to deal at the mound, the Phoenix got their bats going again. Sophomore Katey Roth (Lebanon, PA., Lebanon) got the inning started with a single and then Durant struck again later in the inning.
This time she was able to drive in Roth but was called out on the play at first. This tipped the score to 2-0 in favor of Wilson.
Potter went on to earn the shutout victory as the Blue and White marched to a 2-0 victory over the Cyclones.
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Durant had a huge game for the Phoenix, going 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. Roth finished by going 1-2 with a walk, Shockey went 1-3 and sophomore Meghan Bradley (Warrington, PA., Central Bucks South) went 1-3.
Potter went on to take win number 18 of the season, earning the shutout victory. Wilson finished with two runs on five hits and no errors while Centenary finished with no runs on three and two errors.
The second game for the Phoenix, against Cedar Crest College, was postponed until Saturday morning with the score 3-0 going into the top of the fourth inning.
Game 2 is set to pick up at 9:30 Friday morning. Game five is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m., game six is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m., and game seven, if necessary, is set for 3 p.m.
Chris Brunner is Sports Information Assistant at Wilson College, Athletic Communications