Hawks Play First Softball Game in 23 Days

La Roche Rockets to 6-0 in League Standings
Release Date:
April 11, 2011
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PITTSBURGH, PA – Mother Nature has not been kind to the Hilbert softball program with the multiple rainouts/postponed/rescheduled or cancelled games since the team returned to Hamburg from their spring trip to Myrtle Beach in mid-March. April 9 should have been a home Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game for Hilbert, but due to poor field condition at home, the Hawks went on the road to get a game in. Junior Jill Martucci (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) went 4 for 7 and scored 2 runs for the Hawks, but La Roche (11-11, 6-0) used the home field advantage to grab two conference wins, 9-0 and 10-2.

In the early game, the Hawks couldn’t get a good piece of the ball off Kara Jo Elesky, La Roche’s pitching ace. On average, four batters per inning had their swipe at her yet none of them stuck on base for very long. Hilbert’s Halsey Baker (Scio, NY/Scio) connected in the bottom of the 4th inning, but didn’t move home for a score. The RedHawks put a few runs on the board each inning building to a 9-0 victory after Hilbert’s last at bats in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore Emily Ripley (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) took the loss on the mound.

The Hawks found more success in the second game of the afternoon, until La Roche went on a 4th inning five-run tear putting the home team up 9-2. After the fifth inning was complete, and La Roche held an 8-run lead, the game was called based on run differential. Ripley and Baker earned the games RBI’s sending Martucci home for both runs.  La Roche’s Kelsey Deem hit a double and two home runs knocking in four runs herself for the 10-2 victory.

Hilbert (1-10, 0-2) turns around and losses a second home-scheduled conference game when they travel to Penn State Behrend (6-9, 3-3) on Monday, April 11 for a 3pm double header.




Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.