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Softball Starts Strong

Heather Norris

The C.W. Post softball team has seen a solid start to their season, which began earlier this month at the Rebel Spring Games tournament held in Kissimmee, Florida.  The team returned to Long Island boasting a record of 6-4, but has since improved its play, going 3-1 since their homecoming.

Most recently, the Pioneers faced East Coast Conference rival Queens College, splitting a double-header with the Knights on Sunday, March 27th.  Both team’s conference records currently rest at 3-1 after Sundays matchup.

Coming off a two-game win streak, the Pioneers looked good to start the first game of the day.  After four scoreless innings, freshman third baseman Nicole Hagenah converted a pitch on a 3-1 count into a solo shot past left centerfield, giving Post a one run lead.  Hagenah’s homerun proved to be the only run the Pioneers scored though, as the Knights quickly responded, scoring four runs in the fifth and adding one more in the sixth to finalize the score at 5-1 Queens.

The Pioneers managed to redeem themselves in the final game of the day, walking away with a 3-2 victory over the Knights.  This time, Post took the lead early and never let go.  RBI doubles from Hagenah and junior centerfielder Kerry Fisher combined to put the Pioneers ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the third before Queens managed to score two on a homerun by Anniela Vaccaro and tie the game.  The Pioneers ended the threat quickly in the bottom of the inning thanks to a walk-off homerun by Hagenah, her second homerun of the day.

The games put the Pioneers’ record at a respectable 9-5 overall as they head into their next matchup, against American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday, March 30th at 3p.m.

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