Wolves Split with Pioneers in Softball

Samantha Cook (12) had a combined 4 hits and 5 RBIs for Keuka on Tuesday -- Photo by Ed Webber
Samantha Cook (12) had a combined 4 hits and 5 RBIs for Keuka on Tuesday -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Softball team spilt a non-conference doubleheader with Alfred State on Tuesday afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

Keuka College (7-13) dropped the opening game to Alfred State 7-5, but rebounded for an 11-3 victory in six innings in game two.

Alfred State 7 at Keuka College 5 – Game One

The Pioneers opened the game with a pair of runs, but Keuka College responded with two in the bottom of the first. Jessie Hammers led the inning off with a single and stole second. She moved up on a single by Danielle Bosch. With two outs, Janessa Vaadi hit a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2.

Alfred State regained the lead in the fourth as they turned a pair of singles into a run on a sacrifice fly. Once again, the Wolves had a response as Janessa Vaadi and Alexa Brown led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Following a bunt, Samantha Cook singled to score Vaadi. Brown then scored on a sacrifice fly by Shelby Burgess to take a 4-3 lead.

Starting pitcher Colleen Mooney took advantage of the lead as she struck out the side the next inning. Keuka added to their lead in the sixth on another RBI single by Samantha Cook. However, Alfred State would score four runs in the top of the seventh and defeat Keuka College 7-5.

Lead Wolves: Samantha Cook and Janessa Vaadi each had two hits and two runs batted in for Keuka College.

Keuka College 11 vs. Alfred State 3 – Game Two, 6 innings

Keuka College took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single by Janessa Vaadi. Alfred State went ahead in the top of the second inning with three runs, but the Wolves got on back in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 3-3.

In the third, Samantha Cook had an RBI single as Keuka regained the lead. The Wolves also got a run on an error as the Green and Gold were up 5-3 after three.

Hayley Gorges hit a two-run single to center in the sixth inning. She was followed by a two-run double by Samantha Cook. Following a bases loaded walk, Danielle Bosch singled to center to score a run as the Wolves defeated the Pioneers 11-3 in six innings.

Lead Wolf: Samantha Cook continued her hot day as the freshman added a single and a double in game two. Cook set a new career-high by driving in three runs in the win.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College is now 5-3 all-time against Alfred State
  • The loss in game one snapped Keuka's four-game winning streak against the Pioneers
  • The Wolves tied their season-high with 11 hits in game one. Keuka College then passed that mark with 13 hits in game two
  • Colleen Mooney struck out 11 batters in game one, setting a new career-high. She tied for the fifth most strikeouts in a game in program history and the most in a game for Keuka since the 2016 season
  • Mooney also passed Allison Richter for fourth on the Keuka College Career Strikeout list with 186 over her three seasons
  • Jessie Hammers passed Morgan Engelbert for eight on the career hits list at Keuka College with 118
  • Janessa Vaadi went a perfect 3-3 at the plate in game two with three singles, a walk, two runs batted in and two runs scored

Up Next for Keuka College: Keuka College will get right back into action tomorrow as the Wolves host SUNY Cobleskill in a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader. First pitch between the Wolves and the Fighting Tigers from the Jephson Community Athletic Complex is set for 3pm.