Bears Split With Roger Williams

Kayla Sowers
Kayla Sowers

BRISTOL, RI-- Coast Guard softball split with Roger Williams on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader. The Bears took the first game, 16-5 in five inning and the Hawks rallied in the final innings of the second game to take an 11-10 victory over Coast Guard. The Bears are now 6-6 on the season, and the Hawks are also now 6-6 overall. 

Coast Guard is back in action this Saturday, March 23 as they open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on the road at Smith at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

GAME ONE-- COAST GUARD 16, ROGER WILLIAMS 5 (FIVE INNINGS)

Juniors Claire Hurley and Courtney McKenna, and sophomore Charlee Kraiss all had three RBI's to lead Coast Guard softball to a 16-5 non-conference victory against Roger Williams. Junior Kayla Sowers was 3-for-3 with one RBI, while classmates Kylie Vaverek, Carly Hattman, and seniors Sharayah Simco both Kelli Franza all added RBI's in the Bears victory.

The Hawks got on the board first from a two-run single from Tara Chatowsky to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Bears tied in the top of the second, when Vaverek grounded out, sending one run in to give Coast Guard their first run. Sowers had a one-run single to tie the game 2-2 and Hurley had an RBI single to give the Bears a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the third, McKenna had an RBI double to extend the Bears lead, 4-2. Followed by a run where junior Audrey Bartz stole second, and McKenna scored on an error by the Hawks, giving the Bears a 5-2 advantage.

The Bears scored two runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead 7-2, including an RBI triple by Hurley.

The Bears scored eight more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 16-2 lead but Roger Williams finished the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end with the 16-5 final.

Junior Julia Ferris pitched the full game with three strikeouts, to improve her record to 4-2 on the season.

GAME TWO-- ROGER WILLIAMS 11, COAST GUARD 10

Freshman Maggie Perez had three RBI's and went 2-for-3, while McKenna had two RBI's, Bartz and Kraiss had one RBI each in the Bears setback.

The Bears got on the board first in the top of the first as McKenna reached first base on an error, and had an RBI. Bartz followed with an RBI single and Perez finished the scoring for the Bears in the first on a sacrifice fly, to give Coast Guard a quick, 3-0 advantage. In the bottom of the first, Roger Williams scored four runs, to take the lead from the Bears, 4-3.

In the top of the second, Hattman tied it back up 4-4, followed by Sowers, who advanced home on an error by the pitcher. Kraiss then had an RBI single to give the Bears a 6-4 lead. In the final scoring play of the inning, McKenna grounded out with an RBI to extend the lead, 7-4.

The Hawks had an RBI single in the third inning to cut their deficit by two, trailing 7-5.

McKenna hit and RBI single in the top of the fourth and Maggie Perez had a two-run single to center field, to give Coast Guard a 10-5.

The Hawks rallied in the final innings, scoring six runs to take the lead away from the Bears for a 11-10 final in favor of the Hawks.