Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lady Jaspers Power Past Hartford

Manhattan 10
Hartford 2 (5)

Manhattan 9
Hartford 1 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Senior Ashley Rampino (pictured) hit two home runs and pitched a one hitter as Manhattan opened their 2011 season explosively with a doubleheader sweep of Hartford at Riverdale, NY Wednesday afternoon.

Ashley Rampino had a bit of a down season in 2010, but if her opening day in 2011 is any indication, she is back on track. The Lady Jaspers opened their season at home, and got right into the swing of things in game one of their doubleheader with Hartford. In the 1st inning, Carla Velasquez drove home a pair of runs after Monica Evangelista was hit by a pitch and Melissa Donnelly walked. After Hartford scored a run in the top of the 3rd inning, the LJs struck for four more in the bottom of the same inning. Monica Evangelista and Jaci Rahey walked to open the inning before Ashley Rampino clubbed a homer over the left field fence. The next batter, Carla Velasquez, hit a homer of her own over the center field fence and Manhattan had a 6-1 lead. In the 4th inning, after Erika Sullivan and Kristina Walraven singles, Melissa Donnelly drove home the LJ's 7th run with a sacrifice fly. Manhattan walked off with a run rule win in the bottom of the 5th inning when Kelly Murray hit a 3 run home run to left field. Carla Velasquez was 3 for 3 in this game; Ashley Rampino 2 for 2. Erika Sullivan got the complete game win, striking out 5.

Game two was more of the same for the Lady Jaspers. After falling behind 1-0 in the 1st inning, the LJs exploded for 9 runs in the last 3 innings for another run rule victory. Monica Evangelista had a foul out RBI in the 3rd inning, followed by Ashley Rampino's second homer of the day. The LJ's only freshman, Katie Bowen, scored a run in the 4th inning after walking, stealing a base and reaching home after a throwing error. Manhattan walked off with a win in the bottom of the 5th inning when they scored 6 runs. Jaci Rahey got her first RBI of the season with a double; Katie Bowen got the first RBI of her career with a single; Amanda Babcock, Melissa Cascio, Jocelin Whitmore and Monica Evangelista all drove home runs giving the LJs a 9-1 win. Ashley Rampino got the complete game victory, allowing only one hit and no earned runs while striking out 3. The Lady Jaspers are a senior rich team, and are looking good right out of the gate. They will be a contender.

Manhattan now heads down to Florida for 10 games at the Rebel Spring games beginning on Friday.

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