College Softball: McDaniel in Centennial tournament field
By Staff report
Carroll County Times|
May 01, 2018 at 3:00 PM
McDaniel will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., for the 2018 Centennial Conference softball championship tournament, set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The second-seeded Green Terror (21-18-1, 12-4 Centennial) take on third-seeded Haverford (19-11, 9-7) in Friday's second first-round game, slated to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. The double-elimination tournament's first game is between top-seeded Gettysburg (19-13, 14-2) and fourth-seeded Washington (16-20, 8-8), which begins at 2 p.m.
Action continues on Saturday with three games. The day begins with an elimination game at 11 a.m. followed by the winners from Friday's games. Saturday concludes with a second elimination game.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship game at 12 p.m. and 30 minutes following, if necessary.
The Centennial champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on May 11. The NCAA field will be announced May 7 at 1 p.m.
McDaniel is seeking its fifth CC championship in its 13th tournament appearance. The Green Terror have seven titles, including winning the 2012 and 2015 crowns in Westminster.
McDaniel swept its regular-season meetings with Haverford and Washington and was swept by Gettysburg. The Green Terror swept the Fords 12-4 in six innings and 4-2 in Westminster on April 28.
McDaniel topped the Shorewomen 4-3 in nine innings in Chestertown on April 8 before completing the sweep with a 8-0, five-inning win. The Bullets swept the Green Terror by scores of 5-2 and 5-3 in Westminster on April 5.
Alicia Wagner leads the team with a .409 average. She has eight doubles and three home runs among her 45 hits. Tori Wilkins is hitting .379 with a team bests of five home runs and 34 RBIs. Megan Coyle has a .367 average with 36 hits. Michaela Persinger is hitting .359 with a four home runs.
Tayler Hishon has a .345 average with nine doubles, three home runs, and 26 RBIs.
Cassie Rickrode and Fiona Johnson lead the pitching staff. Rickrode is 10-2 in the circle with a 2.56 ERA. She has fanned 67 batters in 101 1/3 innings. Johnson is 8-7 with two saves, posting a 3.71 ERA in 94 1/3 innings.