MOUNT IDA SOFTBALL
The Spring Games
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Hancock Park, Clermont, Fla.
GAME #1 FINAL: ST. VINCENT 8, MOUNT IDA 6
GAME #2 FINAL: MOUNT IDA 11, ST. ELIZABETH 3
CLERMONT, Fla. -- Junior Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) belted a pair of homers and drove in six runs as Mount Ida opened its 2018 season by splitting a pair of non-league college softball outings in opening round action of The Spring Games at Hancock Park, as the Mustangs dropped an 8-6 decision to St. Vincent (Pa.) before claiming an 11-3 five inning triumph over St. Elizabeth (N.J.).
Mount Ida (1-1) plated four runs in its opening at-bat of the lid-lifter against St. Vincent (2-0) on an RBI double by freshman Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) and Weston’s three-run homer, but the Bearcats grabbed a two-run lead after a six-run rally in the bottom of the third highlighted by a pair of run-scoring doubles from juniors Kelsey Hunter (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kelly Flaherty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as well as a two-run two-bagger off the bat of sophomore Victoria Culver (Indian Head, Pa.). St. Vincent extended that margin to 7-4 in the fourth freshman Lauren Miller’s (Glenshaw, Pa.) RBI double, and after the Mustangs crept back to within one in the fifth on Weston’s run-scoring double and freshman Savannah Neilan’s (Somerset, Mass.) sacrifice fly, the Bearcats plated an insurance run in the bottom of the frame on senior Courtney Patterson’s (McKeesport, Pa.) that accounted for the final score.
Patterson and Miller combined for seven hits and four RBI as part of a 15-hit attack in the win for St. Vincent, which received two hits each from Flaherty and senior Emily Duerr (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Freshman Alona Sleith (West Newton, Pa.) picked up the victory inside the circle for the Bearcats, as she scattered 11 hits and struck out four.
Senior Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) and sophomore Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) each rapped out three hits in the opening setback for Mount Ida, which received two hits and four total RBI from Weston. Smith also collected two hits at the plate for the Mustangs, as she struck out a pair over the first four innings in suffering the setback inside the circle.
Mount Ida jumped out to a 3-0 lead in its first at-bat of the nightcap against St. Elizabeth (0-2) on the strength of RBI doubles from Weston, Microulis and freshman Katie Jaroneczyk (Naugatuck, Conn.), and the Mustangs extended that margin to 6-0 in the bottom of the third on run-scoring singles off the bats of Microulis, Jaroneczyk and junior Kristina Stella (Revere, Mass.). The Eagles crept back to within three in the top of the fourth on a three-run double by freshman Brittany Demarest (Budd Lake, N.J.), but Mount Ida received back-to-back homers from Weston and Microulis in the bottom of the inning and closed out the contest with three fifth inning tallies on a wild pitch, freshman Lindsay Finney’s (Bennington, Vt.) RBI double and a game-ending steal of home by freshman Caitlin Hogan (Derry, N.H.).
Microulis paced a 14-hit Mustang attack with three hits in the second game victory, while Weston, Jaroneczyk and Benson each added two hits for the winners. Freshman Carrigan Costello (Wolcott, Conn.) scattered five hits and struck out four while going the distance to earn her first career triumph inside the circle for Mount Ida, which collected nine extra base hits overall on the day. Freshman Alyssa Hampton (Manchester, N.J.) allowed five earned runs over the first 3 2/3 innings inside the circle for St. Elizabeth to suffer the setback.
Mount Ida squares off with Bridgewater State and Pitt-Greensburg in second round play of The Spring Games on Monday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.