Hartford Hawks Athletics – Softball drop double against Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Hartford softball team kicked off their road doubleheader against Merrimack last weekend. The Hawks lost Game 1, 3-2, and fell in Game 2 with a final score of 4-3. The Hawks fall back to .500 on the season with a 6-6 overall record going into the season as Merrimack opens his 2022 campaign with a 2-0 record.

MERRIMACK 3, HARTFORD 2

In Game 1, the Hawks got off to a fast start by driving home two runs in the first two innings. Paige Fedak lined up his first brace of the season in left field to drive home Emma Curry second goal and score the first point of the match. Chandler Mitchell followed Fedaks double by drawing a walk. After a failed takedown attempt thrown by Merrimack’s Bry Michitson, Fedak managed to come back and score, taking the Hawks to 2-0. Caylee English ended the Warriors offense in the first four innings of the game. Allowing just two hits and stringing together nine straight Merrimack batters from second to fourth. The Warriors offense would break the scoring barrier in the fifth, where the Englishman would allow one point to cross the plate. Merrimack continued to pour it down late in the sixth, driving home two more runs and taking the Hawks lead. The lead ended up being insurmountable for Hartford as they retired the first game of the doubleheader with a final score of 3-2.

MERRIMACK 4, HARTFORD 3

Merrimack was the first team to light up the scoreboard in the final game of the doubleheader. After an RBI single from Madison Cerpa, the Warriors would take a 1-0 lead after two innings. In the start of the third, Hartford was able to hit back hard, driving home three points in the frame. Haley Cassidy started by lacing his second career triple in right field, which brought Mitchell home and tied the game at one. With Cassidy on second base, freshman standout Olivia Wolk came up to bat and hit her second home run of the season, giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Merrimack was able to fight back in the fourth and tie the game at three after a few field errors were made by the Hawks defense. After half innings with no runs scored, the Warriors finally regained the lead in the fifth, leaving the score at 4-3 going into the sixth. Despite the Hawks’ offense valiantly trying to make a comeback, Merrimack’s lead would hold, ending the doubleheader sweep with a final score of 4-3.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • England (2-1) got the start in Game 1, pitching five full innings while allowing three earned runs and two strikeouts
  • Julianna Kocenski came on as relief from the English in the sixth and allowed one hit and one strikeout in a full inning of work
  • Fedak scored his first RBI of the season with a brace in the second inning of Game 1
  • Map of Laurent (0-3) got the start in Game 2, pitching four innings while allowing four total runs to go through the plate
  • Kocenski came back in relief in Game 2 for Card and pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits and a walk.
  • Cassidy scored his second career hat-trick in Game 2
  • Olivia Wolk threw his second home run of the season, tying Emma Curry for the team leader with two round trips

NEXT ON PRESS

The Hawks return to the diamond for their home opener, setting up a doubleheader against Holy Cross. The first pitch is set for Thursday March 17 at 2:30 p.m.