College of St. Joseph's softball team travels to Maine this weekend to face Central Maine Community College on Saturday, April 7 and Southern Maine Community College on Sunday, April 8. Saturday's doubleheader versus CMCC is scheduled for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday's games against SMCC are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Lady Saints are 4-12 after splitting a doubleheader with Dean College on Thursday, April 5. Jenna Crowley picked up the 16-11 win on the mound for the Fighting Saints. Timell Montgomery accumulated five hits and seven RBI through CSJ's two games at Dean.
Central Maine has a 12-game schedule this year that commences with Saturday's contests against the Lady Saints. Seven of the Mustangs' 11 players are first-year college players. Last year, CSJ went 4-0 against Central Maine, winning each game by nine runs or more.
The Southern Maine Seawolves are 6-8 on the season and have dropped their last six contests. Meranda Martin leads SMCC with 23 hits and 18 runs this year. She has tallied three doubles, two triples and one home run. Kahli Philibotte leads the Seawolves with 10 RBI, two home runs and four doubles. She also has 13 hits and three runs. Kristen Mackenzie has made the most appearances on the mound for SMCC and holds a 3-4 record on the year.
Last season, CSJ went 2-3 against the Seawolves. During this year's fall ball season, the Lady Saints and SMCC split two matchups. CSJ took the first game, held at New Hampshire Technical Institute, on Sept. 16 by the score of 9-2. First-year player Vanessa Quigley provided two hits, two RBI and a run in the win. Classmate Lena Tirotta recorded two hits, one run and a RBI. Crowley and Shelby Fenton each recorded two RBI, one hit and one run. Sierra Jaeger had two runs and a hit.
The second time CSJ and SMCC squared off this school year was in the Yankee Small College Conference Fall Semifinal game, hosted by the Seawolves. CSJ trailed 7-1 after 1.5 innings but scored seven runs in the bottom of the second take an 8-7 lead. The Seawolves tallied three runs in the next inning and the Saints scored one to make the game 10-9 in favor of SMCC. The Seawolves extended their lead to six when they notched four runs in the top of the fourth frame.
In the sixth inning, Tirotta hit a two-run homer to bring the score to 14-11. Fenton walked, and Crowley and Jenkins recorded singles to load the bases. Ashley Vasas was then walked and Fenton scored a run to make the game 14-12. Arielys Rodriguez singled, allowing Crowley to race home for a run but Jenkins was tagged out at home plate after Crowley's score to conclude the game. Rodriguez finished with four hits, three runs and two RBI in the 14-13 loss to SMCC. Tirotta had two hits, two runs and three RBI and Quigley accumulated three hits, two runs and two RBI. Crowley recorded three hits, two runs and one RBI.
After the weekend in Maine, the Lady Saints will play at home against SUNY Delhi on Monday, April 9 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.