Freshman Paige Mokychic continued to swing a hot bat for the Keystone College softball team on the second day of the season on Feb. 25.
And even though the Giants dropped those games to The College of New Jersey, 7-3, and Salisbury, 4-0, Mokychic belted out three more hits to raise her team-leading batting average to .545 after ripping three the day before, unfortunately in two more losses to start the season with an 0-4 record.
Against The College of New Jersey, the Tunkhannock Area grad belted a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Keystone an early 1-0 lead, then drove in another run by drawing a walk with the bases loaded during a two-run rally in the fifth.
She also singled to lead-off the seventh inning.
The Giants other four hits against TCNJ were recorded by seniors Kaylee Hartman and Tunkhannock Area grad Ryleigh Fitch and juniors Samantha Monetti and Alyssa Hughes.
Mokychic doubled against Salisbury for one of Keystone’s three hits in the final game of the weekend trip.
The Giants’ other two hits were by Hughes and Fitch.
The Sea Gulls scored three times in the third inning on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.
On Saturday, Keystone opened up its season with games against the same teams in Salisbury, Maryland, but had the same result, losing the opener to Salisbury, 12-2, and dropping the second game to TCNJ, 7-1.
In the opener, the Sea Gulls broke a 1-1 tie after the first inning with a 7-run rally in the second inning.
The Giants were limited to three singles, one each by Hartman, Mokychic and sophomore Shannon Lloyd.
Keystone tied it up in the bottom of the first on a single by Hartman, who advanced to third base on a failed pick-off attempt and later scored on a ground-out by Hughes.
The Giants added another run in the third when Monetti walked and advanced to second and third on wild pitches and scored on a single by Mokychic.
In the second game with the score tied 1-1, TCNJ took the lead for good with a two-run rally in the fourth, scored three more in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Mokychic had two hits, including a double, and Fitch had the other for Keystone.
Despite taking the loss, Hughes allowed only four hits and four of the six runs against her were unearned.
The Giants will be back in action come March for their spring break trip in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, running through March 11 through March 15.