SMC at MIAA Tournament
Belles Bow Out of Tournament to End Season
ALMA, Mich. - The fourth-seeded Saint Mary's softball team fell against top-seeded Alma 8-0 and to second-seeded Adrian 3-2 in eight innings to bow out of the MIAA Tournament on Thursday.
In the opener against top-seeded Alma, the Belles had a tough time getting their offense going while the Scots were able to plate four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Alma then added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game 8-0.
Saint Mary's had just two hits in the game. Ashley Peterson dropped a single into left field in the top of the first inning while Morgan Bedan followed suit and singled to left field in the top of the fifth.
The Scots had just six hits of their own, but plated four earned runs along with four unearned runs to take the win.
Adrian found themselves matched up against Saint Mary's after falling 4-1 to Trine in the first game of the day.
In the first elimination game of the tournament, defense ruled the game until the top of the sixth inning. Angela Gillis and the Saint Mary's defense allowed just two hits over the first five innings.
The Belles looked as though they would break through first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ashley Peterson notched a lead-off infield single, Angela Gillis was hit by a pitch, and Hayley Bojorquez singled to right field to load the bases with no one out. The Belles, however, would strand the three without getting the ball in play.
In the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs would get on the scoreboard with a two-out hit and an error that would score a pair.
With the game on the line and the Belles up in the bottom of the seventh inning facing a 2-0 deficit, Saint Mary's showed the resiliency that they have had all season long. With one out already gone, Lauren Enayati slapped a single through the middle of the Bulldogs' defense to breathe life into the Belles. Maureen Healy then reached first on an error by the Bulldogs. Ashley Peterson then hit a hard grounder to the Adrian first baseman, who was unable to field the ball cleanly which allowed Enayati to score from second. After Peterson stole second to put a pair in scoring position, Angela Gillis drove home Healy on a grounder to second base to tie the ball game at 2-2. Hayley Bojorquez looked to end the game for the Belles, but a leaping snag by the Bulldogs' second baseman on a line drive by the Saint Mary's junior ended the Belles' comeback bid to force an eighth inning.
In the eighth, the Bulldogs scored the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly to center field as they went up 3-2.
Kate Mitchell was able to keep the game going with two outs in the eighth by reaching on an error, but the Bulldogs were able to hold on for the 3-2 decision.
Ashley Peterson ended her illustrious career with a 2-for-3 performance in game two from the plate for a school record 218 career hits. She also ends the season several school and MIAA records, including hits in a season, hits in a career, RBIs in a season, RBIs in a career, doubles in a season, home runs in a season, home runs in a career, and career batting average.
Lauren Enayati, Hayley Bojorquez, Morgan Bedan, and Kate Mitchell all collected hits as well in the loss for the Belles.
The Belles end the season with a 21-19 overall mark while making their fifth appearance in the MIAA Tournament.