Special to Franklin County Free Press
CHAMBERSBURG — The Wilson College softball team faced the Falcons of Cedar Crest College Wednesday in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) doubleheader.
The Phoenix (20-6-2, 10-0 CSAC) swept the Falcons (14-21, 6-4 CSAC) in both games by scores of 8-0 and 11-1.
Junior Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) got the start in the circle for Wilson in game one and went on to retire the side to start the game.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Phoenix offense came alive in a hurry.
Freshman Jessica Kosheba (Marietta, Pa., Donegal) got the scoring started with an RBI double into center field.
A few batters later, junior Jennifer Cail (Lisle, IL, Lisle) drove in two more runs, she doubling to left. The next two batters, sophomore Meghan Bradley (Warrington, PA., Central Bucks South) and freshman Chloe Perrin (Milton, Pa., Milton), both added runs on groundouts.
Kosheba came up to bat again in the inning and drove in two more runs on a single to right field.
Altogether, the Wilson offense scored seven runs on five hits and three errors in the bottom of the first, making the score 7-0 after one inning of play.
Potter continued to deal from the mound as she shut down the Cedar Crest offense.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Phoenix added one more run. This time Perrin doubled to center field, driving home Bradley and giving Wilson a 8-0 victory.
Inside the Box Score:
Potter dominated the game, pitching a perfect game — her first in her career — giving up no runs and no hits on no errors.
Kosheba led the Phoenix offense and finished the game batting 2-3 with three RBIs. Cail finished 2-3 with two RBIs, sophomore Daphne Buzard (Kane, PA., Cocalico) went 2-2 and Perrin went 1-3 with two RBIs.
Wilson scored eight runs on nine hits and no errors while their opponent finished with no runs on no hits and three errors.
Potter got the nod in the second game, getting out of the top first inning with nothing on the scoreboard.
The Phoenix offense continued to back her up as freshman Taylor Durant (Woodinville, Wash., Monroe) drove in a run in the bottom half of the inning, tipping the score to 1-0.
In the second inning, sophomore Jenna Carty (Chambersburg, Pa., Greencastle-Antrim) launched a two-run blast over the center field wall that pushed Wilson further in front, 3-0.
The bats came alive again, this time in the bottom of the third inning. Durant got things started with an RBI single to right center. The next batter, Cail, drove her home when she reached base on error.
Buzard and sophomore Katey Roth (Lebanon, PA., Lebanon) kept things going when they both earned an RBI after each was hit by a pitch.
Later on, still in the bottom of the third, Kosheba added three more runs on a double the left center. Junior Alison Shockey (Greencastle, Pa., Greencastle-Antrim) added one more off an RBI single up the middle, bringing the score to 11-0 after three innings of play.
Potter continued to keep the Falcons at bay as Wilson marched to an 11-1 victory after five innings in game two!
Inside the Box Score:
Potter earned her fourteenth victory of the year pitching a complete game. Kosheba help lead the offense by going 2-2 with a double and three RBIs.
Durant finished going 2-2 with two RBIs. Bradley went 2-3 and Carty went 1-2 with a two-run homer. Wilson finished the game scoring 11 runs on ten hits and no errors while Cedar Crest finished with one run on five hits and three errors.
This victory also secured the Phoenix a spot in the CSAC playoffs!
Up Next: The Blue and White will face Keystone College (13-23, 8-2 CSAC) in a CSAC doubleheader on Saturday, April 27, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m.