KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Saint Joseph’s College (3-3) defeated La Roche University (1-5), 9-6, and lost to Misericordia University (4-2), 5-2 in THE Spring Games softball action Fortune Road Athletic Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
SAINT JOSEPH’S 9, LA ROCHE 6:
Saint Joseph’s hit four runs in the bottom of the first without recording a hit, while La Roche starter Emma Bizay went eight batters during the Monks’ first round at bat. In the second frame, third baseman Sylvia Foley (Scarborough, Maine), sophomore, hit a two-run double and later hit on a pass ball to make it a 7-0 game in two innings.
The Redhawks came on the board with a run to two hits in the top third of the third inning, but the Monks countered with two runs — when junior center fielder Lydia Goodnough (Kennebunkport, Maine) fielded junior right fieldin Taylor Owen ( Wakefield, Mass.) home with a single and scored two batters later with a double off the bat from Olivia Howe (Arundel, Maine) – to put the Royal Blues to a 9-1 lead.
La Roche went on to total five missed runs in the next three innings with just three hits, but St. Joe’s managed to hold off the Redhawks with a 1-2-3 in the seventh inning.
IN A CIRCLE:
SJC senior Emily Eagleston (Reading, Maine) improved to 2-0 in the season after allowing two runs (one earned) with four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings. Freshman Mia Northrup (Whitefield, Maine), who came into the game as a top-5, gave up four runs (three earned) on four walks and one hit with a strikeout in an inning of relief before Eagleston retook the circle get the last six outs.
For La Roche, Bizay accepted the loss after scoring four runs on eight walks in an innings, and Ashtin Hoover worked five innings while allowing five runs (four earned) with seven hits and four free passes with two punchouts.
AT THE BAT:
Foley was 1-3 with a double, two runs, a stolen base, and a pair by RBI freshman second baseman Hannah Gosselin (Biddeford, Maine) hit a run and hit base three times with a single and a pair of walks
MISERICORDIA 5, SAINT JOSEPH 2:
St. Joe’s held a 2-1 lead after Howe Goodnough overshot with a double to right center in the top of the fifth, but Misericordia took the lead with a big fly off the bat from senior first baseman Kaitlin Redling, who took a Three busted – Homer with two outs at the end of the fifth to give the Cougars a 4-2 cushion.
Misericordia put on an insurance run at the bottom of sixth and Goodnough tried to set off a rally with a leadoff single at the top of seventh but was stranded at second base.
IN A CIRCLE:
SJC senior starter Sydney Hatch (Newburgh, Maine) accepted the loss after giving up five runs with six hits and six walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Misericordia starter Emily Wenner gave up two runs from seven hits and two walks in five innings to earn the win, and Alexa McHugh made a save after relieving four in two innings.
AT THE BAT:
Goodnough was 3-4 with two carries and a stolen base Howe went 2-3 with a double and an RBI for Misericordia, Redling went 2-3 with two carries, a double, a home run and three RBI and Nicole Elliott was 2-4 with a scored run
The Monks have tomorrow off and return to action Thursday with games against Marian, Wis. (2:00 p.m.) and York, Pa. (4:30 p.m.) at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex.