By The Beacon Staff
The softball and baseball seasons came to a close this past weekend, as the Lady Seawolves traveled to New Hampshire to compete in the YSCC championship Saturday and the Men Seawolves hosted the season ending baseball tournament on Sunday.
The Lady Seawolves entered the tournament as the No. 1 seeded team in a four-team field. In semifinal action, the Lynx of NHTI took on and defeated the Knights of the College of St Joseph’s of Vermont 9–0 in a five-inning contest.
The Seawolves took to the diamond, taking on the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College. The Seawolves swept the spring-season series against the Mustangs, winning all four games in the last weekend in April. Over the course of the four games, SMCC outscored CMCC, 38–5. Saturday’s score would pad the scoring differential 52–5.
In Saturday’s action against the Mustangs, the Seawolves only need five innings to finish off CMCC, as the Lady Wolves plated 14 runs over the course of the contest. Behind the batting of Kaylah Abdul, who went two for two and collecting three runs batted in, the Wolves scored six times in the first inning, while scoring four more in the second and third inning.
Abdul’s batting average of .603 and the 46 RBIs that she has driven in lead the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Sarah Guimond took to the pitcher’s circle as the starting pitcher for SMCC, pitching three scoreless innings. Kristen Mackenzie took in the top of the fourth, continuing the scoreless effort that Guimond started. Both pitchers combined for nine strikeouts while holding the Mustang’s scoreless over five innings of work.
Mackenzie also brought a hot bat to the plate, recording her fifth multi-hit performance of the season.
The championship would unfold unlike the semifinal games, as the game would stretch to eight innings of play. Sarah Guimond who take to the pitcher’s circle for the Wolves, as Briana Whitcomb would for the Lady Lynx.
NHTI would get on the big board first in the top of the second inning on a grounder to Guimond, scoring Lynx Stephani Gauthier from third. Gauthier advanced to third from second on a passed ball. Gauthier’s trip around the bases started with a free pass to first as the lead-off hitter for the inning.
Kaylah Abdul would equalize the scoring in the bottom of the inning, when Samantha Rioux would single her in. Abdul started the inning off by singling to shortstop. After the next two Seawolf batters walked back to the dugout, Abdul was able to score from first on Rioux’s hit.
Over the course of the next four innings, the Lady Lynx would cross home twice, once in the third and once in the sixth, to pad their lead to two runs. SMCC would answer in the bottom of the sixth.
A passed ball in the third would open the door for the Lynx to plate a run, and a solo home run by Kabrina Roy in the sixth would give NHTI a two-run lead when SMCC batted in the bottom of the inning. Roy’s home run would tie her with Abdul for the conference lead in homeruns.
The bottom of the sixth would see Ellie Burbank and Abdul get on base with a single to center field and a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield, leaving runners at the corners. Kahli Philibotte would double, driving in two Seawolves runs and knotting the score at three.
Neither team would be able to generate runs in the seventh inning, as NHTI would leave a runner stranded on third and the Seawolves would be retired in order.
The bats came alive for both teams in the eighth inning, as they would combine for six runs, five hits and one walk, arriving safely at first on an error while leaving four runners on base.
The Lynx would score four times in the extra inning, jumping out to a four-run lead, 7–3. In the bottom of the inning, the Seawolves’ magic would come to a halt after scoring two runs and cutting the NHTI lead to two, 7–5.
After the last SMCC out, the Lynx took to the field celebrating their 2017 YSCC Softball Championship. Lady Lynx Brianna Whitcomb would be acknowledged as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. NHTI catcher Alyssa Columb earned the Defensive Player of the Tournament and SMCC’s Kaylah Abdul would earn the Offensive Player honors.