Softball honors seniors as season comes to a close

Union softball players Joanna Chalifoux ’16. Dani Hennel ’16. Molly O’Brien ’16 and Kelly Breslauer ’16 pose for a photo at their senior game. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

The women’s softball team finished up their season with an overall record of 8-22. They are losing four seniors this year, Joanna Chalifoux ’16, Dani Hennel ’16, Kelly Breslauer ’16 and Molly O’Brien ’16. The Dutchwomen celebrated senior night at their last home game against Clarkson.

Each of the four girls were honored for their achievements over the past four years. All in all, the team struggled during down the stretch in conference games against Skidmore, RPI, Ithaca and Clarkson.

On April 23rd, the girls played against Skidmore for their last home game. The Thoroughbreds won both games of a doubleheader on a sunny Friday afternoon. The seniors were honored in between the two games, and they celebrated with their families and fellow teammates.

Although they lost both games, the seniors were able to keep smiles on their faces in celebration of their successful careers.

In the first game, Skidmore topped Union 12-0 thanks to a five-inning shutout from Amanda Carilli. In game two, the Dutchwomen again came up short, this time keeping it close however, falling to the Thoroughbreds 3-1.

Courtney Casey ’18 collected a pair of hits and drove home the lone run in the loss.

The Dutchwomen matched up against RPI in Troy, NY on Saturday April 24. Again they struggled, failing to pull out a win in either game. RPI threw two complete game shutouts against Union.

Dani Hennel ’16 and Dana Dolinko ’19 each started on the bump for Union and performed well, but the offense could not muster any run support in either contest.

The team headed up to Ithaca, NY on April 27. The Dutchwomen again dropped both games, falling 8-0 and 8-0. Dolinko and Hennel again pitched for Union.

Kelly Robichaud hit three home runs in the two games for Ithacha. The Dutchwomen mustered but two hits in either game, and again failed to score.

Union played its last game of the season against Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. They wrapped up their season splitting the two-game set against Clarkson, earning a win in their final contest of the year.

The Dutchwomen dropped game one 7-1 but bounced back in game two with a 7-6 victory. Hennel earned the win in relief, tossing 5.2 frames allowing just one earned run.

The senior contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored in her final game while Dolinko added two hits, two RBIs and a run.

Kim Puzo ’19 also drove in a pair to highlight the offensive outburst. The team was able to end their season on a high note with a win in the second game.


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