Belles Split Contests on Day Three
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Saint Mary's softball team picked up a commanding 7-1 win over Delaware Valley before falling 9-1 in six innings to Richard Stockton on Tuesday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
While the score was close early, the game was controlled by the Belles. In the first inning, Saint Mary's jumped on the scoreboard on two back-to-back hits to start the game. Victoria Connelly had a lead-off triple, and Ashley Watkins drove her home with a single. In the bottom half of the inning, the Aggies threatened with runners on second and third with just one out. Callie Selner shut the door on the inning emphatically with a strikeout swinging and back-to-back strikeouts looking to end the threat.
Delaware Valley tied the game in the bottom of the third on an error, but the Belles bounced right back with two runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead. Saint Mary's put the game well out of reach with a four-run sixth inning as Sarah Callis, Kayla Chapman, and Emily Sherwood all picked up singles and Watkins and Morgan Bedan doubled. Ashley Watkins, Morgan Bedan, and Sarah Callis all went 2-for-4 in the win. Watkins and Bedan both hit doubles, and Emily Sherwood added a three-RBI effort with a single and two sacrifice bunts.
The offensive output was more than enough for Callie Selner, who earned her first win of the season in the circle by scattering four hits over seven innings with 13 strikeouts and no earned runs.
In game two against Richard Stockton, the Ospreys scored three in the first, five in the third, and one in the sixth. Jillian Busfield was 2-for-3, Kayla Chapman added a double and scored the lone run for the Belles, and Victoria Connelly added a hit and an RBI for the Belles.
Sarah Burke suffered the loss in the circle after the Ospreys collected 15 hits, including five doubles.
The Belles (2-4) will face off against Albright and Bethany Lutheran tomorrow at the Cape Coral Softball Complex.