Softball Finishes Tournament With A Win

Hawks improve to 6-2
Release Date:
March 18, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC- With the sun shining and the temperature a comfortable 70 degrees, it was only fitting that the Hilbert softball team ended their eight game spring break trip with another win. The Hawks took on Bay Path College for the second day in a row defeating the competition in a decisive 9-0 victory in 5 innings. The win improves Hilbert’s record to 6-2 giving them one of the best starts in program history.

The Hawks carried their offensive momentum from yesterday’s comeback rally in the bottom of the 7th inning into today’s game for the dominating victory.
Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) started things off for the Hawks in the bottom of the third when she drilled a ball into left center field giving her a double. Senior Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy) would trade places with Ratajczak on second base as she hit a ball into center field sending Ratajczak across home plate. The Hawks would score two more runs that inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead heading into the top of the 4th.
The bottom of the 4th inning would provide Hilbert’s first triple of the season from Sisson and one more run extending the margin to six.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Hilbert leading 6-0, senior Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/Indian Valley) and freshman Devan Jonathan (Basom, NY/ Akron) each singled during their at bats. With Collins on second and Jonathan on first, sophomore Halsey Baker (Scio, NY/Scio) stepped up to bat and sent the ball over the fence for her second homerun of the season. Three runs would score to end the game in 5 innings, giving Hilbert the 9-0 win.
Baker’s homerun marks the first time this season she has homered in back to back games.
Strong pitching from freshman duo Emili Ripley (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame Catholic) and Jonathan along with a solid defensive performance in the field, would shut out Bay Path for the entire game allowing no runs to cross home plate.
The Hawks finish the spring break trip with an impressive 6-2 record over the course of five days. 
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play with begin March 27 when the team travels to Central PA to play at Mount Aloysius College.


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.