Belles Sweep Competition on Day Three in Florida
- Jamie Young collected five hits combined in the two games.
- Emma Conroy, Cassie Young, Caitlyn Migawa, Sarah Callis, Jillian Busfield, and Makenzie Duncan each added multiple hits.
- Jessica Alberts and Morgan Raymer picked up pitching wins.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - The Saint Mary's softball team was dominant in an 11-0 (5 inning) win over Lancaster Bible before coming back late in the game to take an 8-7 victory against Misericordia on Tuesday.
The Belles jumped out to a 3-0 lead through one complete inning and pulled away from Lancaster Bible with a seven-run outburst in the third inning. Sarah Callis drew a walk in the first inning, Jamie Young hit a single, and the pair scored on a double by Makenzie Duncan. Two batters later, Duncan scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Jillian Busfield to give Saint Mary's the early cushion.
In the third inning, the Belles sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven earned runs on nine hits and a sacrifice fly. Jamie Young, Jillian Busfield, and Kelsey Richards all laced doubles before scoring in the inning.
Saint Mary's tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth after Emma Conroy reached on a one-out double to left-center field and scored on a two-out single by Caitlyn Migawa.
Jessica Alberts and Zoe Bruni combined to throw a five-inning one-hit shutout against Lancaster Bible. The pair struck out six batters and walked two while throwing just 65 pitches combined.
Jamie Young was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a double against the Chargers. Makenzie Duncan was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in, and two runs scored. Caitlyn Migawa added a 2-for-3 effort with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
The Belles' second game had a much different feel than the first as Saint Mary's and Misericordia battled in a closely-played contest. The Cougars scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second, but the Belles came right back with four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Cassie Young had a lead-off single and scored easily on a triple by Jillian Busfield. The senior scored on a passed ball a short while later to tie the game at 2-2. Emma Conroy singled to right field and scored on a single by Sarah Callis, and Angela Dainelli scored on a bunt single by Jamie Young after reaching on a fielder's choice to give the Belles the 4-2 lead.
In the third, Cassie Young reached on a bunt single and later scored on a defensive miscue by the Cougars to make it 5-2 in favor of Saint Mary's. Misericordia, however, plated two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to sway the momentum and go ahead 7-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, Saint Mary's immediately cut the lead in half. Jamie Young singled to right field and advanced to third after the right fielder bobbled the hit and allowed the ball to get past her. Makenzie Duncan drove in Young with a sacrifice fly to right to push the score to 7-6. An inning later, the Belles regained the momentum and the lead with a two-run rally with two outs. Kayla Chapman reached on an error and Caitlyn Migawa drew a walk to put two runners on base. Megan Knudsen and Kelsey Richards came in as pinch runners, and the pair both scored after a pinch hitting appearance by Eliese Hornberger led to another defensive miscue in the form of an error by the Cougars.
Saint Mary's then closed out the win by retiring the Misericordia side in order in the top of the seventh inning.
Sarah Burke went 4.1 innings and struck out four while surrendering six earned runs. Morgan Raymer came on in relief, struck out a pair, and picked up the win in the circle.
Sarah Callis, Jamie Young, and Cassie Young each registered two hits in the game. Cassie Young scored twice, Jamie Young had a run scored and an RBI, and Callis drove in a run.
The Belles (5-1) take on Cornell (Iowa) and the Sage Colleges at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Florida.