May 4, 2012

Crusader Softball Earns Split on Opening Day of Championships

Catholic Box Score
Moravian Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa.  – The Susquehanna coaching staff could not have asked more from its starting pitchers as Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and Sarah Hoffman (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) combined to surrender one run in two games. Unfortunately, the SU bats could only propel the Crusaders to a split on the opening day of the Landmark Conference Tournament.

The Crusaders will now play tomorrow at 11 a.m. against the winner from the 9 a.m. game between Scranton (26-9) and Catholic (22-15). The non-winner of that game will be eliminated.

SU (25-13) came out winners in the team’s opening game against Catholic as Alyssa Cantalini’s (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary) fourth-inning solo shot proved to be the difference as SU won 1-0. Lewis went the distance and scattered six hits over seven innings with four strikeouts.

The Crusaders had just three hits all game, including the ultimate solo homer from Cantalini.

Game two was a similar story but this time it was Moravian that came out the victors in another one-run decision, defeating Hoffman and Susquehanna 1-0 in eight innings. Both teams had just five hits with Cantalini picking up two more for SU.

Hoffman struck out two and gave up one run on five hits.

Each team put a runner on base in the seventh but neither crossed the plate, sending the game into extra innings.

In Moravian’s half of the eighth, a one-out single followed by a wild pitch and another single gave the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead.

Cantilini opened the bottom half of the inning with a double to left center but was left stranded.