The Middlebury softball team earned a split in Wednesday's non-league doubleheader, falling to Skidmore 4-1 in the opener, before taking the second game, 7-4. The Thoroughbreds are now 8-8 on the season, while the Panthers improve to 9-5.
Skidmore got off to a fast start in the opener as Carol Brown led off with a double and was quickly plated on another double from Tara DeGeorge to give the Thoroughbreds a 1-0 lead. They would make it 3-0 later in the inning on back-to-back RBI singles from Cora Crafts and Lauren Tobias.
Skidmore went ahead 4-0 when a single from DeGeorge scored Christina Gargiso in the second inning. Middlebury was able to get a run across in the third on Megan Margel's RBI single, but that's all they would score as the Thoroughbreds took the opener, 4-1.
DeGeorge and Tobias combined to go 4-for-6 with three of the teams four RBI. Margel and Kira Gordon each had two hits for the Panthers. Sam Crose picked up the win for Skidmore, improving to 6-4 on the season. She tossed a complete game, allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out four. Ali McAnaney took the loss for Middlebury; she allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out six.
In the nightcap, the Panthers got out to the early lead as they took advantage of an error and got out to a four-run lead in the third, highlighted by Emma Katz's bases-clearing double.
Middlebury made it 6-0 in the fifth on an RBI double from Geena Constantin and an RBI single from Katz and pushed the lead to 7-0 in the sixth on another RBI from Constantin.
The Thoroughbreds didn't give up; they broke into the scoring column on a sacrifice fly from Julia Schwartz in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, Gargiso singled home Arielle Manstein and Tobias also scored on the play as Gargiso ended up on third. Brown was able to plate Gargiso on a sacrifice fly and cut the lead to 7-4.
With two outs, Skidmore loaded the bases on a pair of walks from DeGeorge and Lauren Dinsdale and a single from Schwartz, but Constantin got the final out on a strikeout to secure the 7-4 Panther victory.
Schwartz finished with two hits and an RBI for Skidmore as Brown and Gargiso also drove in runs. Katz, Constantin and Emily Burbridge each had three hits for Middlebury as Katz finished with four RBI.
Crose took the loss for the Thoroughbreds, tossing four innings and allowing five runs (one earned). Schwartz tossed two innings of relief, allowing two runs and Abby Fuhrman tossed a scoreless seventh.
Constantin earned the win, allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out eight and walking seven in the complete-game effort.