February 23, 2014

Alma Softball opens up 2014 season with two one-run victories in Clermont, Florida

On Sunday afternoon in warm Central Florida, the Alma College softball team opened up the 2014 season with two tight one-run victories. In the early game, the Scots defeated Hanover College (IN) 5-4 and then bested Schreiner University (TX) 6-5 in the second contest of the day.

"I thought our team played well and fought through some miscues," said Alma Head Coach Denny Griffin. "Both of our pitchers threw well for the first day and it was a good start."

Game 1 vs. Hanover

In the first game, Jr. P Cori Witham (North Muskegon/North Muskegon) picked up the pitching victory allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work. Jr. P Samantha Pierce (Clarklake/Michigan Center) came in and got the save.

Hanover opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning, but Alma answered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning as Sr. 2B Chanler McCaskey (Morenci/Morenci) and Jr. OF Marie Zill (Chelsea/Chelsea) each had run-scoring triples.  

Alma added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Zill and two more in the fifth as Jr. 3B Lea Lusk (Columbiaville/Lakeville) and Sr. 1B Christina Snoblen (Alma/Alma) each drove in runs.  

Hanover scored a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings before Pierce came in to shut the door and preserve the win. Lusk, Zill and Sr. OF Allie Nave (Onaway/Onaway) each had two hits for the Scots.  

Game 2 vs. Schreiner

Pierce went the distance in the second game, tossing a five-hitter with six strikeouts and allowing no earned runs. The game went back and forth early with Alma scoring two in the first on RBI from Snoblen and McCaskey but Schreiner answering with three of its own in the bottom of the inning. 

The Scots came right back with three of their own in the second on a bases loaded three run double off the fence by Snoblen and added a run in the fourth on another RBI by Snoblen to take a 6-3 lead. 

Schreiner scratched out singles runs in the fourth and seventh to make it 6-5 before Alma made some key defensive plays to close it out.  

Snoblen and Pierce led the Scots with three hits each while Nave and Lusk chipped in with two each and Jr. OF Brooke Hein (Grand Rapids/Northview) had a hit, stolen base and scored two runs.

Alma is now 2-0 on the young season and will continue their spring trip with a doubleheader on Monday against Capital University (OH) in Clermont, FL.

JV games are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. against Davenport University.