Yudin keys Blue Devils to 6-0 win

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CLERMONT, Fla. — Katie Yudin pitched a two-hit shutout as Fredonia defeated Elizabethtown, 6-0, on Saturday morning, the Blue Devils’ first game at The Spring Games.

Eva FitzSimmons and Jules Vassallo each had two RBI for the Blue Devils (1-2), who scored all of their runs with two outs. Yudin’s complete-game effort included seven strikeouts and one walk. She limited the Blue Jays (3-6) to two singles, never more than one in an inning.

DEVILS IN THE DETAILS

FitzSimmons jumped on the first pitch leading off the second inning and doubled over the left-fielders head. With two outs and two strikes, Vassallo tripled into the right-field corner for the first Fredonia run. Sam Seegar blooped a single to center to make it 2-0.

More two-out magic ensued in the Fredonia fourth. Amber Piniewski ground a single into left, stole second, and scored when Vassallo dropped a double into right-center. It was Vassallo’s second extra-base hit and second RBI.

Fredonia used its legs and more timely inning to put up a three-spot in the fifth, all with two outs. A bunt single by Karli Murray got things started, followed a single by Rhianna Paoletti off the shortstop’s glove. Murray pulled off a delayed steal, then stole home as Paoletti was stealing second. FitzSimmons collected her second RBI with a single to left. Yudin then delivered a single to center and FitzSimmons scored to make it 6-0.

QUICK TAKES

Paoletti made a nice over-the-shoulder running catch for the first out of the fourth.

The game ended on a sliding catch by right-fielder Marissa Sultana with two Elizabethtown runs on base.

Now living in the Clermont area, former Fredonia groundskeeper and Blue Devil Field architect Mel Thayer was in attendance.

Devils lose 2-1 heartbreaker to Simpson

CLERMONT, Fla. – A confusing ending to the Fredonia-Simpson women’s softball game Saturday resulted in a 2-1 loss by the Blue Devils.

With two outs and runners at the corners, Simpson’s Sara Trent sent a long, hooking liner down the left-field line. The home plate umpire first signaled foul, then changed the call to fair and allowed the runner from third to score the winning run — even though Trent and the other two Simpson runners had stopped advancing to the next base.

The walk-off loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-3 and dealt Sam Seegar a tough setback. After allowing a pair of hits in the second, Seegar faced two batters above the minimum in innings three through six. A double leading off the Simpson seventh by eventual winning pitcher Emily Bell set the stage for Trent’s heroics later in the inning.

Seegar finished with five strikeouts while Maddy O’Heir led the Fredonia offense with two hits.

DEVILS IN THE DETAILS

The Blue Devils broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth. Nicole Kumro led off the inning with a single off the pitcher’s glove. Marissa Sultana bunted to move pinch-runner Amber Piniewski to second. Kayla Murray was intentionally walked with two outs to set up a force. The strategy backfired when O’Heir singled past the diving second baseman and Piniewski raced home from second.

Seegar pitched around a double and a hit-by-pitch in the Simpson home half of the first, and back to back singles to start the second. The second-inning escape was aided by a double play started by third baseman Cassie Herman.

Bell bounced a shot over the left-field fence for a ground-rule double to lead off the seventh. She scored the tying run when Amron Born bunted and got caught in a rundown between first and second.

Herman robbed Sara Trent of a hit with a diving stop for the second out of the third inning.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Blue Devils are back at Hancock Park today when they face Concordia-Chicago at 9:30 a.m. and Scranton at noon.

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