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C-GCC softball sweeps SUNY Orange

April 22, 2019 11:00 am Updated: April 22, 2019 11:39 am

MIDDLETOWN — The Columbia-Greene Community College rang up two more victories on Friday, sweeping both ends of a doubleheader with SUNY Orange, 7-4 and 8-1.

In the first game, the Twins stranded six runners in the first five innings. Orange built a 3-0 lead going into sixth inning, but the Twins’ Justine Albin broke open the scoring, hitting a solo shot to right-center to cut the lead to 3-1. Orange would get that run back in the bottom half of the frame, making it 4-1 headed to seventh. 

Baylee Cox led off C-GSS’s rally with a single. Jenna Poulsen hit a double off the wall, scoring Cox, then Holly Kleinmeier came to the plate and hit a mammoth home run to deep left field to tie it at 4-4. 

Kaylee Hoffman then reached on an error, followed by a single by Albin. Hoffman came in to score on an error by the pitcher and Albin and Beaumont scored on a double by Kelsey Taylor and the Twins held on to get the win.

Kleinmeier finished with a home run, single and two RBI for the Twins. Albin had a home run, single and an RBI, Taylor two doubles and two RBI, Jenna Poulsen a double, two singles and an RBI, Hailey Beaumont a single and an RBI and Cox, Hoffman and Jaci Gehring a single each.

Karlee Weeden slugged a home run and double and drove in a run for SUNY Orange. Cassidy Smit had a double and singl and Grace Guh doubled.

Hoffman went the distance for the win, striking out three, walking one and allowing four runs and seven hits. 

Weeden took the loss, allowing seven runs and 12 hits with seven strikeouts.

In the second game, the Twins struck first in the first inning on a double by Hoffman and a fielder’s choice by Albin to go up 2-0. Kleinmeier belted a solo homeer in the third to make it 3-0. 

In the fourth, Albin blasted a ground-rule double to make it 5-0, followed up by a three-run homer by Jaci Gehring. 

Along with Gehring and Kleinmeier’s bombs, Hannah Mawyin had three singles for the Twins (11-5). Albin had three RBI and Poulsen two singles.

Smith finihsed with two singles for the Colts. Nicole Beach added a double and an RBI and Meghan Clune ripped a double.

Claire Filak scattered four hits and surrendered just one run in earning the victory. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Victoria Crozier and Weeden combined for the loss, striking out two, walking five and allowing eight runs and 10 hits.

“As a team we’ve been waiting for our bats to wake up,” Columbia-Greene coach Peter Dedrick said. “We’ve been playing some solid defense and our pitchers have been throwing great to keep us in games. That seventh inning, where we came from behind and scored six runs, is exactly what we needed. Hopefully we can carry the momentum into next week. Two very solid wins over a D2 school.”