Cranston West products Ava Brandow and Hailey King recently spent their respective spring breaks showing off their myriad skills on the softball diamond, with both former Falcons appearing in the …
Cranston West products Ava Brandow and Hailey King recently spent their respective spring breaks showing off their myriad skills on the softball diamond, with both former Falcons appearing in the pitching circle and batting order.
Brandow, who is fresh off a 2022 season in which she smashed five home runs and struck out 26 batters for Suffolk, is proving that last spring was not a one-off as she wrapped up the Rams’ eight-game trip to Florida batting at a .304 clip.
The sophomore had a pair of multi-hit games while down south, going 2-for-3 in tilts versus St. Joseph of Connecticut and the College of New Jersey, driving home a run against the former as Suffolk claimed their only win of the tour via a 10-4 decision.
On five occasions, Brandow was called upon to pitch for the Rams, tossing a team-high 20 frames with 13 strikeouts, fanning six in a 5.1-inning relief stint against SUNY-Cortland on March 12 and a trio the day before versus Stevenson.
While Brandow and the rest of the Suffolk nine stumbled out of the blocks in the Sunshine State, King and her Curry teammates finished their nine-contest journey to South Carolina above .500, going 5-4 during their stint in Myrtle Beach.
The Colonels meant business in their opening game, as King punched out seven in five innings of work and lead-off batter Emily Bussiere went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in a run rule-shortened 11-3 triumph over SUNY-Canton.
Curry then went on to drop their next three before going on a four-game winning streak that included shutouts of Franciscan and Maine-Presque Isle, before concluding affairs on the receiving end of an 8-0 blanking at the hands of FDU-Florham.
King won both her starts inside the circle, aiding her own cause with a 2-for-3 performance at the dish against Maine-Presque Isle while also striking out five Owls en route to a 7-0 whitewash.
It was the second consecutive game that the sophomore chalked up two hits, also going 2-for-3 against Franciscan with a pair of runs driven in to spark a four-run second inning which provided half the offense that Curry needed to deal the Barons an 8-0 defeat.
Both Curry and Suffolk return to the field of play this week, with the Colonels traveling to Massachusetts Maritime for a Wednesday doubleheader and the Rams welcoming Emerson for a pair of games two days later.
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