Softball: Eagles Set New Wins Record With Sweep Of Newbury, Host Regis Tuesday In Playoff
Nashua - Samantha Hill (Hudson, N.H.) combined to knock in five runs, Chelsey Crawford (Westfield, Mass.) had an in-the-park home run and Daniel Webster pitching combined to allow just four earned runs over 14 innings as the Eagles swept Newbury, 9-3 and 5-2 and broke the program record for both overall and conference victories in a season Saturday at Eagle Field.
The sweep pushed the Eagles to 20-17 overall (12-6 NECC), good for third place in the NECC final standings, also marking the best finish in program history. DWC will host sixth-seeded Regis College (8-23, 8-10 NECC) in a one-game first round playoff on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m., marking just the second home playoff game in program history. The winner advances to the four-team double-elimination final round next weekend.
DWC surpassed the previous record of 19 victories established by the 2009 squad that finished 19-16-1 and went 10-5-1 in league play, placing fourth.
First year Head Coach Danielle DelPonte's club has also successfully put together the greatest turnaround in program history. Last year's squad finished 7-18 overall and was 5-11 in league play.
Anjelina Mayjoffo (Antioch, Cal.) led the Nighthawks going a combined 4 for 7 at the plate. Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) and Rebecca Roach (Charlton, Mass.) added three hits each with Roach knocking in two. Newbury completed its season 9-26 overall (7-11 NECC).
Rookie Heather Strong (Palmer, Mass.) also helped pace the Eagle offense, combining to go 4 for 6.
In the opener, Hill notched a pair of doubles, knocked in four and scored twice including a key two-run double sparking a four-run fourth that helped DWC turn a 3-2 lead into a 7-2 advantage that effectively sealed the win. Crawford would follow Hill's two-bagger with her inside-the-park job to deep left field for her first of the season.
Chesnulevich would triple to lead off the sixth and come home on Hill's second double for an 8-2 game and Courtney Brennan's (Beverly, Mass.) single would plate Hill to make it 9-2.
Roach had two hits for the Nighthawks, knocking in one with a RBI single in the first. Mayjoffo had two hits while Kaitlin McLaughlin (Dorchester, Mass.) knocked in a run in the seventh.
Wilson improved to 10-9 with the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking three for the complete game victory. The win also marked the 20th of her career.
Roach took the loss (8-15).
In the nightcap, Amy Waller (Berlin, Mass.) went 2 for 4 at leadoff knocking in two runs and Sarah Durocher (Keene, N.H.) went the distance on the mound, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits, striking out five and walking none in improving to 10-8.
Strong added two hits including a double and added a RBI single in the sixth.
Haney (two hits) notched a solo homer in the top of the first for Newbury but Hill answered to tie it in the bottom of the frame with a single to score Waller.
Skye Ferland (Eden, Vt.) and Waller added run-scoring singles in the second for a 3-1 game and Newbury cut it back to 3-2 in the fourth as Mayjoffo tripled to lead off and scored on a Roach double.
But Waller answered with a RBI single to plate Wilson in the bottom of the fourth, and Strong would score in the sixth as she singled and came all the way around on a three-base error for the fifth and final run.
Roach would again take the loss (8-16), allowing three earned runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking two.
Prior the games, the Eagles honored five seniors, including Chesnulevich, Waller, Wilson, Trista Commeau (Swansea, Mass.) and Lexie Fontaine (Plymouth, Mass.).