KISSIMMEE, FL - Army’s softball team split its games with Rider and Wisconsin of Green Bay in closing out its weeklong stay at the Rebel Spring Games with a 4-4 record. Rider rallied with three runs in the seventh to defeat the Black Knights, 4-3, in the first game, and Army held off Wisconsin-Green Bay’s late comeback bid to take a 5-3 decision in its final game at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
Dana Sensi’s RBI single to center field in the bottom of the seventh lifted Rider over Army as the Broncs, scoring three unearned runs in that frame, overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Black Knights in the first game of the day.
Army jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on home runs by sophomore Ali Cleinmark and freshman Kasey McCravey. Cleinmark ripped her first career round tripper on a two-out solo shot to right field in the top of the first inning, and McCravey’s two-run blast in the top of the third staked freshman RHP Braetana Roy to a 3-0 lead.
The Broncs (3-15) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning on a fielding error to draw to 3-1. Roy (1-3) retired the side in the fourth inning and worked her way out of a jam in the fifth inning stranding runners at second and third on a groundout to the shortstop after issuing both of her walks in that frame.
Winner Krista Morrone (3-6), who went the distance on a five-hitter, held Army to just two hits over the last four innings and allowed them into scoring position just once in the top of the seventh after retiring the side in the fifth and sixth innings.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Cleinmark reached on an error by the second baseman and moved to second on freshman designated player Bernadette Cardon’s single to center field. Morrone ended Army’s threat on an infield popup and fielder’s choice.
Rider rallied in the home half collecting three unearned runs off four hits and an error to defeat the Black Knights. With one out, the Broncs collected three straight hits off Roy to load the bases. A fielding error scored the first run and a fielder’s choice RBI tied the game 3-3. Sensi’s single lifted the Broncs to the win as Roy was tagged with the hard luck loss as all four Rider runs were unearned.
In their final game in Florida, Army’s Marina Northup went 2-for-3 driving in three of the Black Knights five runs with a pair of singles, and McCravey, 1-for-3, knocked in the other two runs.
Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Green Bay when Nguyen, who singled, stole second, moved to third on a flyout, scored on McCravey’s groundout. The Black Knights plated a single run in the fourth on Northup’s RBI single scoring Ortenzo, who drew a walk.
In a three-run fifth, McCravey’s run-scoring single scored Nguyen, and Northup’s single to left field delivered Ortenzo and McCravey in staking sophomore hurler Morgan Lashley (6-7) to a 5-0 lead.
With two outs, Green Bay drew to within two runs (5-3) behind three doubles and a single. With runners in the corners with one out and the go-ahead run at the plate, Morgan ended that threat as Army turned a double play.