BENNINGTON, Vt.- A nine run first inning helped the Southern Vermont College softball team split a double header against Johnson St. Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers fell in game one 13-6 but came right back and won game two by the score of 12-4 in five innings, at Willow Park in SVC's home opener.
Shelby Jones, Hayley McDonald, Brianne Nichols, and Haley Morgan all singled in the first frame before Hanna Cross hit a bases clearing triple to make the score 7-3. Jones singled again later in the first and made the score 9-3.
The Mountaineers scored again in the fourth when Emily Fleming and Jones hit back to back singles. McDonald then walked before Nichols had an RBI single to plate Fleming. In the fifth, Cross hit another triple to start the frame and Vanessa Ruelas hit a single. Then an Alyssa Davis walk loaded the bases and Fleming hit a two RBI single to help the Mountaineers earn the win by mercy rule.
In game one SVC trailed 7-4 headed into the seventh but a six run inning by Johnson St, opened the game up. The Mountaineers added a run in the bottom of the seventh but it wasn't enough. In the first game of the day Ruelas, Nichols, Morgan, and Jess Eldridge all had two hits. Fleming had a triple to start the fifth inning and McDonald hit a double to start the seventh.
Southern Vermont is now 2-10 and will travel to Green Mountain for a double header that will start at 3:30 and 5:30PM Wednesday.