WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas softball team went down in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader to Castleton, falling 4-2 in game one before an 8-0 loss in five innings in the second game.
The losses drop the Terriers to 8-19 overall on the season and 4-4 in conference play. The Spartans improve to 16-9 and 7-1.
Thomas could not hold on to a one-run lead as Castleton struck for two runs in the sixth and seventh and went on to a 4-2 win in game one of the doubleheader. Starting pitcher Sonja Morse had seven strikeouts in the loss.
The Terriers got off to good start in the first inning when Briana Warren lead-off with a double to center field and Sonja Morse bunt-singled her way on base that advanced Warren to third. Alyssa Eugley put one in play that resulted in Morse getting out at second base, but Warren came across to give Thomas the 1-0 lead.
The two teams combined for just two hits over the next four innings, as pitchers Morse and Emily Wood dominated. Castleton finally broke through in the sixth, as Kayla Daigle and Jessica Babcock singled back to back to start the inning. Brittany Brayman then hit a two-RBI double to center to give Castleton the 2-1 lead.
Thomas had runners on second and third in the bottom of the inning but could not send either across. The Spartans added to their lead in the seventh, as Daigle collected a RBI on a single to right and Kristi Lawless scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Terriers began a rally in the bottom of the seventh, when Lindsy Hoopingarner doubled with one out and advanced to third on a ground out. Morse then doubled her home with two outs to cut the lead to 4-2. But Wood struck out Eugley to end the game, and seal the win.
Wood went all seven innings for the win, striking out eight Terrier batters. Morse also went the complete game with six strikeouts and also had a team-leading two hits at the plate.
Castleton powered their way to record 13 hits and take the second game of the doubleheader 8-0 in five innings.
After three scoreless innings, the Spartans went for a three-run top of the fourth. McKinlie Carpenter, Sami Carlo and Kristi Lawless each drove in one run.
Castleton padded their lead in the next inning, plating five more runs to go up 8-0. Carpenter, Daigle and Babcock all drove in runs.
The Terriers had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but left them on base.
Emily McKenney went 4.2 innings, recording four strikeouts in the losing effort. Taylor Paquette went five innings and allowed just three hits to get the win.
Thomas is back on the field tomorrow, April 25 for a conference doubleheader against New England College. First game is scheduled to start at 12:00 PM.