Trojans Softball Beats Shoreline in Game 1 of Double-Header

The EvCC Trojans Softball team beat the Shoreline Dolphins 11-8 in the first game of the double header on Friday April 6 at Gaffney Field. The first game was played at 2PM.

In the bottom of the first inning with runners on at first and third base with only one out, Trojans third baseman Taylor Arndt opened the score, hitting an RBI double down the left-field line which gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead. Arndt would score later in the inning on a wild pitch stealing home putting the Trojans up 3-0.

The Trojans would hold the Dolphins scoreless through three innings, until the top of the fourth inning. Starting pitcher Sydney Taggart gave up four earned runs which gave the Dolphins a 4-3 lead.

“I told her to keep doing what she was doing, not focus on calls, continue to go right after the batters, and let her defense play solid behind her,” said Head Coach Randy Smith.

The Trojans would claw their way back in the bottom of the fourth inning as second baseman Arli Oettel also hit an RBI double down the left field line, which brought in Trojans First baseman Amanda Lee to score, putting the Trojans back up on top 5-4.

In the fifth inning, the Dolphins would tie the game up again 5-5.  Then with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Trojan center fielder Olivia Berkan crushed a solo home run to left field for her first homer of the season. The Trojans lead 6-5.

The Trojans opened the floodgates in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring five more runs padding their lead 11-5.

“It’s really important to play the game you know do and not try anything different,” says third baseman Taylor Arndt.

Things would turn controversial in the top of the seventh inning when there was a play at the plate. It had appeared that Dolphin’s centerfield Maleah Woodley slid in to home but never touched the plate and was called safe.

“She was definitely out she did not touch home plate at all”, said Trojans first baseman Amanda Lee. “She even ran back to home and tried to touch it, so that gives it away that the player knows that they haven’t touched the plate”

The missed call wouldn’t phase the Trojans as they went on to win with a final score of 11-8.

Among the games top performers was Taylor Arndt, who went 2-4 offensively, scoring 4 RBI’s. Sydney Taggart pitched a complete game, going 7 innings with 7 strikeouts.

For the complete box score visit the NWAC website by clicking on the link here: