The seven-day stay in Florida ended on a positive note for the Charger softball team Saturday, as it won both of its games in Clermont.
In the opener, the Chargers shut down Kutztown in a 5-1 victory. In the second game, Hillsdale survived a seventh inning rally by Pitt-Johnston to post a 7-6 victory. Hillsdale returns north with a 6-6 record on the season.
Hillsdale scored once in each of the game's first five innings for its offense. Juniors Katie Kish and Amanda Marra each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while freshman Emma Johnson and senior Kelsey Gockman went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Sophomore Carlin MacDonald-Gannon also had a two-hit game, which included a double and scoring once.
Sophomore Sam Catron launched a two-run home run in the first inning of the win over Pitt-Johnston to energize the Chargers. Kish and Marra recorded additional two-hit games, with Marra driving in two. Birthday girl Jessica Taylor made it a day to remember by going 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Freshman Natalie Stepanenko also celebrated a birthday on Saturday, and she was 2-for-3 with a double, scoring twice.
Sophomore pitcher Dana Weidinger got the win with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the mound.