K's for Kay; Erwin Hits Bases-Loaded Home Run

ALMA, Mich. - It was a great day for softball at Scots Park, and senior Kay McDonald (Rosebush/Mt. Pleasant) took control on the first home game of the season for the Scots, throwing a complete game, scattering just two hits while striking out 13 batters, freezing three. Alma improves to 11-7 on the season and is 2-0 at home with the 7-0 and 12-0 wins against visiting Defiance College.

In the first inning of the first game and with two outs, junior Amy Gaudard (Mt. Pleasant) knocked the ball out of the park for the first home run of the season on Alma's home field, sending it over the fence in right field. It was the only hit - and run - of the inning. The Scots went three-and-out in the second before Trista Geier (West Bloomfield/Walled Lake Western) steped in to lead off the third, hitting a single into left center, moving to scoring position when Taylor Erwin (Fenton) was hit by a pitch. Missy Morcom (Chelsea) hit a well-placed bunt to advance Geier and Erwin. Kasey Miller (Grand Ledge) then singled to score Geier and Erwin. Miller moved to second with an error in center field and Gaudard was issued an intentional walk before Sarah Johnson (Portland) singled into left field to score Miller and move Gaudard into scoring position. Brittany Fales (Midland/Dow) then sent a ball strategically into right field for a triple to score Gaudard and Johnson. Fales would score on an error by the third baseman that put Houston Verbeck (Flint/Kearsley) on base. Emily Blahnik (Corunna) was issued a walk to move Verbeck before Geier and Erwin flied out to end the inning, Alma enjoying a comfortable 7-0 lead. It proved to be all they would need, ending the game with the same score.

The second game, Katie Koechling (Wheaton, Ill./North) got the start, throwing five innings allowing just three hits and striking out three.

The second game was much like the first as Alma scored often and early - and led off with a home run.

Morcom knocked her third home run of the season over the left field fence before Miller tripled into right field. She scored when Gaudard took first on an error at first base. A Johnson ground out to third base allowed Gaudard to move to second while Fales' single into left moved Gaudard to third. Houston Verbeck then singled to third, scoring Gaudard and making the score 3-0 in the Scots' favor.

With Fales at second, Emily Blahnik took a base on balls to load the bases. A Sarah Seals (Alma) foul fly got the second out of the inning before Taylor Erwin (Fenton) hit a bases-loaded homerun to make the score 7-0. Alma would nearly cycle through its lineup twice in the first inning alone as Morcom, Miller, Gaudard and Johnson would all score before the inning closed with a Blahnik ground out to the pitcher.

Up 11-0 through 1.5 innings, Sarah Seals led off the second with a single down the left field line, moved to second on an error behind the plate and scored with one out on an error in center field, which allowed Morcom to reach base. Miller and Gaudard would pop out and ground out, respectively, to end the inning at 12-0.

For the series, Alma generated 19 runs on 19 hits while allowing just five hits. Alma returns to action March 27 when it travels to Albion for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader.