Bertoni and the Lady Marauders send the Lakers packing

Breanna Crognale
Staff Writer

The softball team improved to 27-16 on the season.
The softball team improved to 27-16 on the season.

Stellar pitching and offense were on display Sunday in the doubleheader between Millersville and Mercyhurst. Game one showcased stellar pitching and offense as the Marauders went on to win 7-2. Ace Sarah Bertoni took the mound for Millersville and went the distance for her 12th complete game of the season. The bats came alive as the girls had 15 hits off of Lakers starter Megan Hopton who pitched 6.2 innings. The Marauders threatened in the third inning, when, with two outs, shortstop Jordan Sheffield was hit by a pitch and stole second. She advanced to third off a single by second baseman Danielle DiFilippo, but was unable to score as catcher Gabbie Berry grounded out to third to end the inning. Bertoni struggled in the fourth committing an error that allowed Molly McNamara to reach first and then walked Courtney Smith. She then gave up a one out single to Shaina Bunker that allowed the runners to score making it 2-0 Mercyhurst. Bertoni recovered getting the next hitter she faced to hit into an inning ending double play. Millersville responded in the fifth when leftfielder Ginely Ortiz-Marrero scored on a RBI single by DiFilippo cutting the deficit to one. Then in the sixth, with one out and two on, centerfielder Stephanie Kulp came up to the plate and hit a three run blast, giving Millersville the 4-2 lead. It was her fifth team-leading homerun this season. They added to their lead in the seventh when Berry singled to left field and went on to score on an RBI single by first baseman Ashley Cantiello. Later on in the inning Kulp singled to left field scoring Bertoni and Cantiello giving Millersville the 7-2 lead.

Bertoni pitched her 12th complete game of the season.
Bertoni pitched her 12th complete game of the season.

Game two of the doubleheader featured a lack of offense as the girls could only manage five hits against Lakers starter Annie Truelove. Brianna Andraos was on the hill for the Marauders and pitched a complete game, only giving up two hits in the 2-0 victory. With the win she improves to 10-5 on the season. Millersville got on the board early in the first when DiFilippo scored from third on an RBI double by third baseman Jamie Motsko. The Marauders threatened in the fourth when they had two on with one out but they failed to capitalize with Bertoni flying out and then Andraos getting tagged out at first. Millersville added to their lead in the sixth when Motsko singled in DiFilippo from third making it 2-0 Marauders. The victory brings Millersville to 27-16 and they are back in action April 23 for a doubleheader against Georgian Court.