Softball Starts Strong

By MAX PADILLA

This weekend, the Middlebury Softball team had its season opener and won all four games they played. They managed to pull off the wins despite having double headers both Saturday and Sunday against New Rochelle and Drew.  On Saturday, the Panthers set off the season right, scoring in every single inning. They swept the floor against New Rochelle, clearing the opener at 11-0. They carried that success onto the second game, where they brought it home at 13-3.  

The Panthers brought the fire again against Drew, ending the first game in seven innings at 8-2 and the second game in five innings at 11-0. Rookie Noelle Ruschil ’22 and Sara Tobias ’22 electrified us all with back to back homers in the fourth inning of the first game against Drew. “Starting off undefeated properly shows the effort put in during the offseason,” said Ruschil ’22, when asked how she felt about the teams success. 

Over the weekend, two players earned NESCAC honors. Sophia Marlino ’22 and Irene Margiotta ’19 were awarded Player of the Week and Pitcher of the week, respectively. Marlino ended her first four college games with a batting average  of .643 and driving in 11 runs and scoring in nine times. Rookie Marlino also impressed with three home runs.  With seven-eighths of the season still remaining, the Panthers  managed to get 26 percent of last season’s runs. The girls are hungry for a killer season. “I’m very excited to continue the season with them and to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Ruschill ’22. The Panthers travel to Florida next week, where they’ll compete against non-Northeast schools such as Oberlin College and Carleton. 

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