SMC vs. Alma
Belles Tripped Up by Scots
ALMA, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team battled but came up short in their first MIAA doubleheader of the season as they suffered 10-6 and 7-1 losses to Alma on Saturday.
In the opener, the Belles took little time getting on the scoreboard. Lauren Enayati led off the game with a double to the left-center gap. Three batters later, Chrissy Porter delivered a double to right-center field to easily plate Enayati for the game's first run. In the top of the second, the Belles took advantage of a pair of errors by the Scots. Callie Selner had her first hit of the afternoon with one away in the second. Back-to-back errors by the defense on balls put in play by Kate Mitchell and Lauren Enayati allowed Selner and Mitchell to score to push Saint Mary's lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Scots had a big inning at the plate and took their first lead of the game, scoring four runs with four singles and a two-run double.
The Belles responded right back in the top of the fourth. Morgan Bedan led off with a single up the middle, and Selner delivered her second home run in as many games with a shot that put Saint Mary's up 5-4. The Belles looked as though they would add a couple more runs, but stranded two in scoring position at the end of the inning.
Alma knotted up the score at 5-5 in the bottom half of the inning and regained the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth with four runs, including a three-run home run.
Saint Mary's came right back again. Kelli Spurlock and Selner led off with back-to-back hits. After a play at the plate and an another out later, Kate Mitchell delivered a single through the left side that plated Selner easily from third to chip into the lead at 9-6. Alma, however, would get that run back in the bottom half of the frame and close out the 10-6 win.
The nightcap had the makings of a pitchers dual through the first three innings. The Belles defense came up with some big plays early as Monica Palicki got out of a bind in the first inning with a strikeout looking by the Scots. Saint Mary's then shut down a suicide squeeze bunt attempt in the top of the third after a lead off double.
Alma, however, would score three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to break open an otherwise close game.
Saint Mary's plated a run in the bottom of the sixth inning after holding on defense in the top half of the frame. Lauren Enayati reached first on a fielder's choice to get Emily Sherwood out on the force after her lead off single. Hayley Bojorquez then delivered a two-out double to left-center field to score Enayati from first base.
The Scots added a run of their own in the top of the seventh, and the Belles were held scoreless after a lead off double by Spurlock in the bottom half of the seventh as Alma took the 7-1 decision.
Callie Selner suffered the game one loss in the circle for the Belles while Monica Palicki shouldered the game-two loss. Both went the distance in each game for Saint Mary's.
Selner led the offense on the day, going 3-for-4 in game one with a single, double, and home run, scoring three times and driving in two. The freshman was 2-for-3 from the dish in game two. Lauren Enayati and Hayley Bojorquez both had two hits in game one and a hit in game two as Enayati scored once in each game and Bojorquez drove in the Belles' lone run in game two.
The Belles (10-5, 0-2 MIAA) will have a bit of an early week break before traveling to in-state MIAA foe Trine on Thursday for a conference doubleheader against the Thunder beginning at 3:30 p.m.