MOUNT IDA SOFTBALL
The Spring Games
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Legends Field, Clermont, Fla.
GAME #1 FINAL: MONMOUTH (ILL.) 9, MOUNT IDA 6
GAME #2 FINAL: MOUNT UNION 7, MOUNT IDA 4
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Mount Ida softball team dropped a pair of non-league outings on its third day of competition at The Spring Games on Tuesday afternoon, as the Mustangs fell to Monmouth (Ill.) by a 9-6 margin in the opener before dropping a 7-4 decision to Mount Union in the nightcap in games played at Legends Field.
Monmouth (4-2) struck first in the top of the second of the lid-lifter on a passed ball, and the Fighting Scots extended their edge to 6-0 in the fourth with a five-run rally highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of freshman Megan Corniels (Yorkville, Ill.) and a two-run double by sophomore Becca Gallis (Kernville, Calif.). The Mustangs (2-4) responded with three runs in their half of the frame when senior Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) laced a two-run double and later scored on a passed ball, and after Monmouth got a run back in the top of the fifth on an error, Mount Ida crept back to within one in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles from juniors Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) and Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.). The Fighting Scots iced their triumph with a pair of insurance tallies in the seventh on RBI doubles by Corniels and junior Madyson Fox (Beardstown, Ill.) to account for the final margin.
Fox rapped out three of Monmouth’s 11 hits on the day, as Corniels and Gallis each had two hits and combined for six RBI in the contest. Senior Liz Hippen (Toulon, Ill.) tossed three hitless innings and struck out five to improve to 3-0 on the season for the Fighting Scots, who received a pair of strikeouts in relief from senior Kaylee Kurtz (Delavan, Ill.). Microulis and freshman Shelby Nolan (Ansonia, Conn.) each had two hits as part of an eight hit attack in the opener for Mount Ida, as sophomore Jessica Weiss (Great Neck, N.Y.) allowed just two earned runs over the first four innings of work inside the circle for the Mustangs in her season debut.
Mount Ida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at-bat of the nightcap against Mount Union (3-5) on an RBI double by Microulis that was followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Jackson, but the Raiders evened matters in the bottom of the frame on an error and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Morgan Riley (Charleroi, Pa.) and took a 5-2 advantage in the second on an error and a two-run homer by freshman Brooklyn Hellman (Canton, Ohio). The Raiders tacked on a single tally in the third on an RBI groundout by senior Brittany Baitt (Painesville, Ohio), but the Mustangs crept back to within two in the top of the fifth by taking advantage of a pair of errors. Senior Jordan Kramer’s (Mentor, Ohio) run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth provided an insurance run and closed out the scoring for Mount Union, which worked around a lead-off single in the seventh to close out the contest.
Hellman rapped out three hits as pair of a 12-hit attack for the Raiders, who received two hits each from Kramer and freshman Allie Goldy (Painesville, Ohio). Senior Jenna Liles (Sterling, Ohio) scattered six hits over the first five innings of work to earn the triumph inside the circle for Mount Union, while sophomore Hannah Reusser (Minerva, Ohio) tossed two scoreless frames to pick up her first save of the spring.
Sophomore Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) and freshman Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) each collected two hits as part of six-hit performance in the setback for Mount Ida, which also received a pair of RBI from Jackson. Freshman Carrigan Costello (Wolcott, Conn.) went the first three innings inside the circle for the Mustangs to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Mount Ida concludes play at The Spring Games on Wednesday by taking on Ursinus at 9:00 a.m. and New England College at 2:00 p.m. in a pair of non-league outings at Hancock Park.
(Photo Credit: Alex Berman)