CHICOPEE, Mass. - The Elms College Blazers grabbed a pair of wins over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday afternoon by the scores of 5-1 and 10-3. High-scoring innings helped Elms to the two-game sweep over Newbury.
Game One: Elms 5 - Newbury 2
A four-run final inning broke a 1-1 tie that led the Elms Blazers to their first win of the day.
Elms senior Madison Messier (Warren, Mass.) batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Senior Catherine Wrang (Middletown, Conn.) and junior Katelyn Sylvia (Southwick, Mass.) each went 2-for-4. Both finished with an RBI while Sylvia added two runs scored.
Nighthawks senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, Mass.) went a perfect 3-for-3. Junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) and freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) both finished 1-for-3 with a double each.
Tied at 1-1 and going to the top of the seventh, the Blazers exploded for a four-run inning to decide game one. Following a walk and a Nighthawks error, back-to-back RBI doubles by Sylvia and Wrang gave Elms a 3-1 lead. After a sacrifice fly made it 4-1, Elms added one more run on an RBI single to lead 5-1.
The Nighthawks could only answer in the bottom of the last inning with an RBI groundout, eventually falling 5-2.
Game Two: Elms 10 - Newbury 3
Both teams broke out of the gates quickly but the Blazers were able to create the gap necessary for a two-game sweep and a 10-3 win.
Elms junior Katelyn Sylvia batted 2-for-3 including a home run and two RBIs. Senior Catherine Wrang went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Seniors Lisa Lunardi (Enfield, Conn.) and Madison Messier both had three RBIs.
The Blazers led 1-0 with a lead-off solo home run by Sylvia in the first, but the Nighthawks quickly took control back with a three-run bottom of the first.
Back-to-back-to-back singles loaded the bases and Vieira's two-run single gave Newbury a 2-1 lead. A Blazers error would give the Nighthawks another run and a 3-1 edge after one.
But that's the last the Nighthawks would do in terms of scoring while the Blazers took back the lead in the top of the second. Three bases loaded walks gifted Elms a 4-3 lead, which was then followed by a two-run single by Lunardi for a 6-3 edge.
Elms added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh while holding the Nighthawks scoreless for the last six innings as the Blazers won 10-3.