Softball splits doubleheader with Bentley

Joe Klaus, Staff Writer

Two games down and eight to go in their road trip, the Chargers softball team traveled to New York to take on the Setters of Pace University last weekend, looking to pick up a pair of crucial conference wins and to get back above .500 on the year. No wonder fans are already placing their bets on sites like 10x10bet.

Preview

The Chargers and Falcons entered the game with New Haven leading an all time 26-4. The two teams have not met since 2018, where the Chargers swept the Falcons in West Haven, with the Falcons last win from 2014. New Haven entered while coming off sweeping the Skyhawks, riding the bat of Hailey Laforte in game one, hitting two in the game, while her second scored as the game winner. Mya Case added another homer in game two to bring out the brooms. The pair of wins moved New Haven to 16-16 overall and 10-8 in the Conference. On the other side, Bentley entered 18-16 and 8-10 in the conference, following a sweep of Southern Connecticut State University. The stage was set and Aponte took to the circle looking to start off strong.

Game 1

New Haven started the scoring in the second inning with Meg Anderson singling to start the inning. Ashanti Truelsen’s pinch ran for Anderson and advanced to second on a passed ball, getting into scoring position and one away. Ashley Veisz capitalized on the opportunity, turning on a one two pitch and doubled to left field, trading places with Truelsen and taking the 1-0 lead. Melissa Bike walked later in the inning but was stranded, ending the inning with a 1-0 lead, heading to the bottom of the second. Selena Aponte struck out two in the second, but the Falcons strung together five hits, pushing three across in the inning to take the two run lead. New Haven scored four more hits in the game with Mya Case, Nahtali SImpson, and Hailey Laforte all adding a hit alongside Veisz, who scored a second hit in the game later on. Aponte continued for six innings, giving up 12 hits and striking out 4, while the Falcons scored six, taking the first game 6-1 over the Chargers. New Haven looked to Mia Iodice in the second game to split the day and take three of four on the weekend.

Game 2

Just like in game one, the Chargers jumped out to a lead in the fifth inning at the start of the second. The first four innings were a pitcher duel with both starters working out of jams and denying the offenses of cashing in on their opportunities. During the fifth, New Haven broke through with Mya Case reaching on an error. Case flew out to right field but the wind caused the right fielder to miss the ball, allowing Case to advance to third with one away. Hallie Frederick then grounded out on the infield to score Case and take the 1-0 lead in the fifth. Mia Iodice returned to the circle and continued to work. Iodice found the first hint of trouble in the seventh with two on and one away with the one run lead. The Falcons grounded into a fielder’s choice and on the throw, scored two runs, walking off against the Blue and Gold coming back to win 2-1. Iodice went six and a third, giving up seven hits and only one earned run in the loss while striking out six in the loss.

The road trip continues for the Chargers as they travel to Vermont to take on Saint Michael’s College on Tuesday. The team, now 16-18, is looking for major wins to stay in the hunt for the postseason and with six games to go. Every game matters moving forward into their final four competitions at home next weekend.