Hartranft ’22 pitches a no-hitter and softball splits in Florida

Morgan Hartranft ’22 prepares to pitch the final inning of her no-hitter against MCLA on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Paul Dunn)
Morgan Hartranft ’22 prepares to pitch the final inning of her no-hitter against MCLA on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Paul Dunn)

Hamilton College split a pair of non-conference games at Legends Way in Clermont, Florida, on Thursday afternoon.

The Continentals (8-2 overall) won their sixth straight game when they defeated Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 11-0 in five innings in the opener. and then were edged 3-2 by McDaniel College.

Hamilton returns to the diamond on Saturday, March 23 for a 9:30 a.m. game against Albright College and an 11:45 a.m. start against SUNY Plattsburgh. Both games will be played at the Osceola County Softball Complex in Kissimmee.

Game One: Hamilton 11, MCLA 0 (5 innings)

Morgan Hartranft '22 (4-1) pitched a complete game no-hitter for the first time in her young Hamilton career. She tallied six strikeouts and barely missed a perfect game as she allowed one walk and the Continentals committed an error.

Caroline Chivily '19, Emily Fraser '20, Helen Lin '19 and Anna Rasmussen '22 had two hits each. Chivily recorded a double, a triple and two runs batted in, scored two runs, and stole a base. Fraser drove in two runs and Caitlin Berreitter '20 tripled, walked and scored three runs.

Hamilton scored a single run in both the first and second innings and carried a 2-0 lead into the top of the fifth when the Continentals scored nine runs off seven hits and two errors.

Berreitter kicked off the day by legging out a triple to right-center field and scored three batters later on Rasmussen's single back to the pitcher. Hartranft sat the Trailblazers down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the first by striking out the first two batters and forcing a flyout to left center. 

Chivily started the second inning with a double down the left-field line. She immediately stole third base and scored on Berreitter's sacrifice fly to left field.

MCLA (1-8) placed just two runners on base. Kaylyn Holliday took a leadoff walk in the second inning but was left stranded at first. Kaitlyn Berghela reached first base in the third when Hamilton's first basewoman attempted to tag her as she ran up the baseline but dropped the ball in the process.

The Trailblazers had a chance to break the no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning when Holliday ripped a line drive to third base, but Berreitter blocked the ball with her body, picked it up off the dirt, and chucked Holliday out at first base.

MCLA threatened to ruin Hartranft's day again in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Kara Adams hit the ball off the end of her bat into the ground. Brautigam jumped out of her catcher's crouch, fielded the ball cleanly and her throw just barely beat Adams at first base. Fraser recorded the final out by running down a line drive in center field.

Game Two: McDaniel 3, Hamilton 2

The McDaniel Green Terror (8-4) scored one run in the second inning and two runs in the fifth, while Hamilton tallied one run in the fourth and one in the sixth. The Continentals had the tying run at third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a lineout to the shortstop concluded the game.

Two of McDaniel's four losses this season have been to nationally ranked opponents.

The Green Terror struck first in the top of the second inning with a run on two hits. Hamilton tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 (3-for-3) led off the inning with a single to right field. Chivily came in to pinch run and stole second base, moved to third on a single by Kendall Searcy '20, and scored on Rasmussen's fielder's choice down the right-field line.

After a two-run and two-hit fifth inning by McDaniel, the Continentals scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Hamilton had runners on first and second base with Rasmussen at the plate. An error by the shortstop put Rasmussen on base and allowed Fraser to score from second.

Dez DePaulis '19 (2-1) pitched the first two innings and took the loss. Hartranft entered in the sixth and threw two more hitless innings to give her seven for the day.