College of St. Joseph's softball team won three of four games played in Maine on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 against Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). On Saturday, the Lady Saints defeated CMCC 5-0 and 11-7. On Sunday, CSJ won game one against SMCC 9-5 and fell 6-4 in game two.
In the first game against the Central Maine Mustangs on Saturday, CSJ had a slim 2-0 lead after four innings of play. The Lady Saints put up single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings while shutting CMCC down at the plate to take the 5-0 win. Jenna Crowley threw the shutout victory.
CSJ led 2-1 after the first inning of game two on Saturday. Neither team scored a run in the second inning, but the Lady Saints went off for four runs in the third to cushion their lead. The Mustangs responded with one run in the bottom of the third, but CSJ recorded three runs to CMCC's zero in the fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead.
The Lady Saints scored two more runs in the sixth inning and CMCC rallied to score five, but their effort was unfruitful as CSJ collected the 11-7 win. McKenzie Ebert earned the win on the pitcher's mound.
On Sunday, Crowley played 5.2 innings and Ebert finished the last 1.1 in the Saints' 9-5 victory over the Southern Maine Seawolves. Crowley threw five strikeouts and limited the Seawolves to six hits. Ebert threw two strikeouts in her short time on the mound and gave up zero hits. CSJ went down 1-0 after inning one but bounced back with four runs in the second inning to take the lead.
Sierra Jaeger and Shelby Fenton each hit a single to reach base. Timell Montgomery then stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run to put the Lady Saints ahead. Arielys Rodriguez hit a single to round out CSJ's four hits during the inning. Vanessa Quigley earned a RBI after she reached base on a fielder's choice and Katie Jenkins scored in the process. SMCC's Meranda Martin hit a one-run triple in the bottom of the second to make the game 4-2.
In the third and fourth innings, Fenton and Quigley notched RBIs off a single and a double, respectively. Jaeger and Ashley Vasas scored on the hits. SMCC put up one run in the bottom of the fifth to cut their deficit to 6-3.
CSJ recorded five hits and three runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-3 lead. Lena Tirotta hit a double to right field that sent Quigley home. Jaeger then hit a long single to center field that allowed Tirotta to round the bases for a run. Later in the inning, Kali Drum reached on a fielder's choice and earned a RBI as Jaeger scored on the play. Jenkins and Fenton also recorded singles in the inning.
The Seawolves' scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and neither team got on the scoreboard in the seventh, concluding the game with the score at 9-5 in favor of the Lady Saints. Ebert struck out two batters in the final inning to help seal the victory.
Jaeger led the lady Saints in their third game of the weekend with four hits, three runs and one RBI. Fenton tallied three hits, one run and one RBI. Montgomery recorded a three-run homer.
On Sunday, the final game of the weekend was decided in the fourth inning. After the first, the score was deadlocked at 1-1. Rodriguez opened the game with a double to left field and eventually scored off a Tirotta sacrifice fly to right field. Sara Ring answered for the Seawolves when her single sent Kristen Mackenzie home. The second inning was scoreless.
In the third frame, CSJ took a 2-1 lead thanks to hits by Quigley and Jaeger. Quigley reached second base on her hit and Jaeger's double sent Quigley around the bases for a run and the lead in the game. SMCC did not have a response in the bottom of the inning.
In the fourth, the Lady Saints extended their advantage to 3-1. Drum hit a single to left field and that was followed by a single by Jenkins to the opposite side to put runners on first and second base. Vasas then singled to shortstop and earned a RBI as Drum was able to make it across home plate safely.
The Seawolves had a breakout inning in the bottom of the fourth, recording five hits and five runs to take a 6-3 lead in the game. CSJ scored one more run in the seventh inning but it was not enough to rally. Fenton played 3.2 innings on the pitcher's mound and Crowley closed. Fenton threw one strikeout and took the loss on the mound.
Drum led the way at the plate with four hits, while also recording a run. Quigley had three hits, one run and Jaeger recorded three hits, one RBI.
The Lady Saints improved to 7-13 after the successful weekend in Maine.