Belles Overpower Bulldogs for Game Two Win
- Kayla Chapman went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, three runs batted in, and three runs scored.
- Kelsey Richards added a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI and a run scored.
- Makenzie Duncan, Caitlyn Migawa, Kayla Raymer, and Cassie Young all added multi-hit performances.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Six days after the teams began their league doubleheader, the Saint Mary's softball team took just 15 minutes to end the halted game two with a 13-5 five-inning victory over Adrian on Monday afternoon.
The first four innings of the game were completed on the originally scheduled date of competition (April 5), but due to darkness that evening followed by a string of days of inclement weather, the remainder of the game was not able to be completed until today.
The Bulldogs established a 4-0 lead through the first two innings of play last Tuesday with a run in the bottom of the first and three in the bottom of the second. The Belles, however, quickly took over control of the momentum and the game in the top of the third inning. Jamie Young led off the inning with a single up the middle. After moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Eliese Hornberger, Young scored easily on a double to right-center by Makenzie Duncan. Cassie Young drove in Duncan, and Kayla Chapman, Caitlyn Migawa, and Kayla Raymer hit consecutive doubles to each drive in a run to give the Belles a 5-4 lead. Kelsey Richards singled to left field to put runners on the corners before stealing second to put two in scoring position. Sarah Callis then drove in Raymer from third on a sacrifice fly to center field to cap off a six-run third inning.
The Belles retired the Bulldogs in order in the bottom half of the inning and got right back to work on offense in the fourth. Saint Mary's plated five more runs in the fourth - all with two outs - as Cassie Young, Chapman, Raymer, Richards, and Callis all collected singles while Migawa drew a walk to balloon the lead to 11-4.
Adrian plated a run in the bottom half of the inning on a walk, a double, and a single to make it an 11-5 game. The game was then halted at that point due to darkness.
After several rained out makeup attempts, the teams were able to get back on the field today with the Belles going up to bat in the top of the fifth. Makenzie Duncan dropped a single into shallow center field with one out to get the offense going. A ground out then put Duncan on second base before Kayla Chapman used just one pitch to blast the ball out of the park for a two-run home run to make it 13-5. Caitlyn Migawa kept things rolling with a line drive single off the center field fence, but a strikeout ended the inning with the Belles up eight runs heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Morgan Raymer was close to unhittable for the Bulldogs in the bottom half of the inning. The sophomore needed just five pitches to record the first out of the inning via strikeout. The Bulldogs put a runner on with a single to left-center field, but Raymer took care of things down the stretch with a six-pitch strikeout and a four-pitch strikeout to end the game just 15 minutes after it had resumed.
Kayla Chapman went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs batted in, and three runs scored to lead the Belles. Kelsey Richards added a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI and a run scored. Makenzie Duncan posted a 3-for-4 game with a double, a run batted in, and two runs scored. Caitlyn Migawa was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored. Kayla Raymer drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 effort with a double and two runs scored. Cassie Young chipped in a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored and one run driven in for Saint Mary's.
Morgan Raymer picked up the complete game victory in the circle after allowing five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and only two extra base hits.
The Belles (11-10, 1-1 MIAA) are scheduled to take on Alma on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.