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Chloe Amarilla (Photo by Alicia Tsai)
Chloe Amarilla (Photo by Alicia Tsai)

Athenas sweep Sagehens 1-0 and 5-1

CLAREMONT, Calif. – In the second softball Sixth Street Rivalry of the season, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earned the sweep with a tight 1-0 victory in game one and then the 5-1 win in the nightcap. The Athenas (18-14, 16-6) held Pomona Pitzer (10-26, 6-18) to just one run in 14 innings while sophomore Chloe Amarilla (CMC) went yard in the first game and freshman Kylie Hetzel (HMC) provided three RBI in the second.

Junior hurler Anna Gurr (CMC) set the tone for the game early, striking out the first two Sagehen batters. Pomona-Pitzer ended up out-hitting the Athenas 7-4, but the Athena defense caused them to strand nine on base during the course of the game.

In the bottom of the first, sophomore Reeve Grobecker (CMC) hit a sharp single to get things going for CMS. Grobecker went on to tally three of the Athenas' four hits in the game.

The game remained scoreless through five complete innings as neither team was able to gain the advantage. The defenses executed and offenses left runners on base in almost every inning. CMS loaded up the bases in the fifth with a pair of walks, Liz Rodarte's only two, and then another single by Grobecker.

But it was not until the bottom of the sixth that the Athenas got on the board. Amarilla had made good contact all day and jumped on the first good pitch of her at bat, sending it over the left center fence.

The Sagehens got two runners into scoring position in the top of the seventh but their efforts were stifled by Gurr who ended the game catching a pop up trending toward foul territory.

Game 1 Box Score

The Sagehens were aggressive from the first pitch in the second game. Marya Ornelas doubled and then advanced to third on a wild pitch from Amarilla. The next Hen lined into a double play to end the inning. Amarilla went on to pitch five more innings of shutout softball.

The Athenas got their first opportunity to score in the bottom of the second. Junior Briana Halle (CMC) led off with a single through the right side and then sophomore Megan Mendez (CMC) came in for a well-executed sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Abigail Metsch (SC) and freshman Alison Jue (SC) got on as well and then scored on a timely two-out single by Hetzel past the diving center fielder.

CMS struck again in the fourth. Senior Alexa Heydenberk (CMC) knocked a single into left and then Metsch ripped a double down the left field line. The freshman duo of Jue and Hetzel got back-to-back RBIs to put CMS up 4-0. Grobecker kept the rally alive with a perfectly placed bunt, loading up the bases for sophomore Ande Troutman (CMC). Troutman drove in Jue but then the inning was cut short as the PP left fielder got an outfield assist to get Hetzel at the plate.

Both defenses buckled down for the fifth and sixth as Metsch and Roleder put together a solid performance on the left side.

Pomona-Pitzer's game one pitcher hit her third double of the day to lead off the top of the seventh. The Sagehens got on the board with an RBI single from Isabel Deatherage but then Amarilla induced three consecutive groundouts to finish the game.

Game 2 Box Score

By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director

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