Softball sweeps Chatham and Pitt-Greensburg in back to back doubleheaders

The Waynesburg University Softball team swept the Chatham Cougars on Wednesday night in a doubleheader, following that up with a sweep of the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats Thursday afternoon.  

The storyline coming from the Chatham double-header is that of the performances of Sydney Wilson and Ella Brookman, who both set program records. Wilson now has 41 total wins as a pitcher, while Brookman has hit 41 doubles and has walked 39 times in her four-year Waynesburg softball career.   

“It’s an awesome feeling, it shows me that my hard work is paying off,” Brookman said. “I’m not done yet; I still have a whole season ahead of me and can’t wait to see what I can accomplish this year.” 

The Yellow Jackets started off hot in their first game against the Cougars, with Brookman scoring off a double from freshman Trinity Edge. No other runs were scored until the sixth when Kayla Gratton had an RBI single, and another scored off a groundout.  

Wilson pitched all seven innings in game one, allowing only one hit and recording ten strikeouts. This win tied the record at the time, tallying her 40th win as a Jacket as the ladies would take down Chatham in game one 3-0.  

In game two Wilson would start again for the Jackets, and Waynesburg made quick work of the Chatham Cougars, finishing the game in five innings.  

Waynesburg would score one run in the first inning with a single from Edge and Brookman later scored after she hit her 41st career double which, as mentioned, is a new program record, passing Alex Lawerence at 40.  

In the second the Jackets would score with an RBI single from Jasmine Demaske. In the third, the lead increased with a two-run single from Gratton and the Jackets would get another of a fielder’s choice to increase the lead to 5-0.  

In the fourth inning, Waynesburg scored seven runs with Edge and Demaske bringing in four RBIs. After four innings, the Yellow Jackets led 12-0 and would finish the game after five innings with the run rule.  

Wilson expressed how grateful she was for her accomplishment.  

“This accomplishment means a lot to me. I haven’t taken a single inning for granted and I love being able to accomplish these goals with my best friends around me,” Wilson said. 

After Wednesday, the Jackets were 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.  

The next day, the Yellow Jackets won the first game against the Bobcats 10-2 in game one and the second 12-0, also in only five innings.  

In the first game, both teams remained scoreless after the fourth inning until freshman Sydney Waryanka hit in Gratton for Waynesburg’s first run of the day. 

Waynesburg set a season-high record with 19 hits in the first game with Grace Higgins, Breanna Rice, Brookman and Waryanka each having three.  

Waryanka, who tallied three RBI’s, commented on the team’s batting and putting pieces together to come out on top this season. 

“I believe that batting is the last piece of the puzzle that we need to get this season going,” Waryanka said. “We have really come together these past few games and have become a family when it comes to cheering each other on and not letting our heads hang. If we continue what we have been doing offensively and defensively, we will continue to win as a family.” 

The second game continued to be led by hitting, as Waynesburg was up 12-0 in the third inning. Catcher Kaitlyn Jagielski hit a home run that scored both herself and Edge. 

Edge went three for three with two RBIs and scored three runs while also pitching most of the game. She allowed one hit, one run and struck out four in five innings.  

Edge commented on what it is like to have such a large role on the team as a freshman.  

“It’s been incredible to get early experience,” Edge said. “I’m happy to help my teammates out in any way I can. We have great pitching and defense, so as long as we can keep hitting the ball like we know we can, I think we will do great things.” 

Waynesburg’s next game was scheduled for Saturday, March 30, against La Roche; however, the game has since been postponed.  

The next game for Waynesburg is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, in a home game PAC doubleheader against Franciscan with game one starting at 3:30 p.m.