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Hazelton cracks pair of homers to complete sweep

Paytyn Hazelton (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Paytyn Hazelton (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (4-1, 2-1 CC) 5, Dickinson (0-3, 0-1 CC) 2 (Game 1)
McDaniel (5-1, 3-1 CC) 8, Dickinson (0-4, 0-2 CC) 4 (Game 1)
What: Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader
When:
Wednesday, Apr. 7
Where: Westminster, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel hit its first four home runs of the season to key a sweep of Dickinson. The Green Terror opened the twinbill with a 5-2 victory before completing the sweep, 8-4.

THE LEADERS
Paytyn Hazelton (West Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) led the Green Terror with three hits – all for extra bases – including a pair of home runs in game two.
Krista Waller (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) went the distance in the circle in game one, striking out five with no walks for her first victory of the season.

FOR THE FOES
• Maggie McConney led the Red Devils with four hits, rapping out a pair of hits in each game.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• In game one, Michaela Persinger (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) led off the bottom of the first with a four-pitch walk before stealing second and scoring on a Mattie Whalen (Magnolia, N.J./Sterling) one-out single to the gap.
• Paytyn Hazelton led off the second with a double to the fence in left-center before scoring on a fielding error for a 2-0 lead.
• With two outs in the third, Madison Froemel (Suffolk, Va./Kings Fork) sent a line drive over the fence in left-center. One batter later, Emily Kain (Sykesville, Md./Century) lined a 2-2 pitch just inside the right-field line that got to the wall and the sophomore sped all the way around for an inside-the-park home run to make it a 4-0 game.
• Paige Hahn led off the fifth with a single before back-to-back one-out knocks from Kat Vill and Devon Kueny plated pinch-runner Jen Klepfer to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Meg Cappadora (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) led off the bottom of the inning with a single before a walk, wild pitch, and Makayla Calamita (Fleetwood, Pa./Fleetwood Area) single up the middle pushed the lead back to four.
• Singles from Julie Siecinski and Hahn around a fielding error cut the deficit to 5-2 but Krista Waller worked out a bases-loaded jam to keep it a three-run game. Dickinson also brough the tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh innings but Waller recorded her fourth and fifth Ks to finish off the complete game.
• In the nightcap, Lindsey Kucker drew a one-out walk before using a wild pitch, stolen base, and second wild pitch to score the game's first run. Two more walks, a sacrifice, and throwing error stretched the advantage to 3-0.
Evie Craig (Valby, Denmark/International School of Hellerup) led off the bottom of the inning with a single before a passed ball and Colleen Camburn (Waretown, N.J./Southern Regional) single to right made it a 3-1 game. Two fielding errors and three straight walk put McDaniel in front, 4-3.
• Back-to-back one-out singles from Brigette Gutpelet and Maggie McConney tied the game in the fourth.
• Hazelton led off the home fourth with a no-doubter to right-center on an 0-1 count to put the Green Terror back in front.
• Camburn dropped a one-out single into center in the fifth before stealing second. After a Cappadora walk, Hazelton made it back-to-back at bats with a jack, cranking a 2-2 pitch to straightaway center for an 8-4 lead.
Mel Grant (Middletown, Del./Padua Academy) gave up three hits over the final two Dickinson at bats but held the visitors off the scoreboard to cap five innings of relief work for the win.

THE INSIDE STORY
Paytyn Hazelton's double in the second inning of game one was her first career hit. Her two-homer game two was the third time a Green Terror player did that since 2016. It the first recorded time that a McDaniel freshman went yard twice in the same game.
• The Madison Froemel and Emily Kain back-to-back home runs in game one was the first time Green Terror teammates went back-to-back roundtrippers since Tayler Hishon and Carly Deichman against Stevenson on Apr. 27, 2016.
Megan Horsey (Elkton, Md./Bohemia Manor) recorded her first three-hit game of the season in the opener. Meg Cappadora and Makayla Calamita also had two-hit outings.
• Evie Craig and Colleen Camburn joined Hazelton with a pair of hits each in game two.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game begins at 1 p.m.