NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The top-seeded Westminster softball team advanced in the 2022 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament, following a split in day one as hosts on Thursday.
Westminster won its 30th game of the season for the second-straight year – the first back-to-back 30-win season in program history.
"It's a very talented team," said head coach Jan Reddinger when asked about the 30-win record. "They come out and tried to win every time and fight every time. They put you in that position. They deserve it."
Westminster (30-5) shut out fourth-seeded Saint Vincent (23-9), 7-0, in its first game. The Titans scored twice in the first, four times in the second, and once in the sixth. Juniors Ashley Wire (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) and Leah Pancake (North Lima, OH / Beaver Local) led the Titan offense with two RBIs apiece. Wire and Pancake both connected on an RBI-triple, part of Westminster's four extra-base hits in the contest. Senior pitcher Madison Brown (Lisbon, OH / East Liverpool) earned the complete-game shutout, improving to 15-2 on the season.
Second-seeded Waynesburg (26-9) jumped out to a 4-0 lead, in Westminster's second game, after two runs in each the first and third innings. The Titans rallied in their last at-bat with the go-ahead run at home, however, were unable to score any further ones. The Yellow Jackets won, 4-1.
The Titans are scheduled to play in the first game tomorrow against Saint Vincent in a rematch elimination game. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
"I don't think it will be any different," said Reddinger when asked what the mindset will be heading into tomorrow. "We are going go out there to fight. We had some missed opportunities today. The next time they come, we hope to take advantage of it."