Alma Picks Up Two Wins, Gets McDonald Her Fourth Win in As Many Tries

The Alma College Softball team finished up their spring trip in Ft. Myers, Fla., at the Gene Cusic Tournament with a pair of wins over Johnson and Wales University and Indiana Institute of Technology.

In the first game with Johnson and Wales University the Scots erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to win 11-0 in a mercy-shortened game. Kasey Miller (Grand Ledge) started the scoring in the first inning with a one out single and stole second base one pitch later. Emily Blahnik (Corunna) laced a single to right field scoring Miller. Sarah Johnson (Portland) drove Blahnik home on an RBI single to center field to make the score 2-0. In the fourth inning Johnson led off with a single to right field. She then stole second and third bases and Brittany Fales (Midland/Dow) was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. Sarah Seals (Alma) lifted a sacrifice fly ball to left field to score Johnson. Taylor Erwin (Fenton) then knocked in Fales on a fielders choice. In the fifth Alma brought 11 batters to the plate to put the game away. RBI singles by Johnson, Seals, Erwin, Houston Verbeck (Flint/Kearsley), and two RBI doubles by Fales and Missy Morcom (Chelsea) accounted for the offense. Fales picked up her second win in as many starts giving up two hits while striking out six.

Alma brought out the rally caps in the second game versus Indiana Institute of Technology by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 3-2 win. Indiana scored two runs in the third inning but starter Kay McDonald (Rosebush/Mt. Pleasant) held Indiana down the rest of the way until the Scots offense could generate the runs. In the sixth Amy Gaudard (Mt. Pleasant) led off with a walk. Erica Guitar (Croswell-Lexington) pinched ran for Gaudard who was sacrifice to second by Blahnik. Johnson grounded out to the shortstop for the second out. A walk to Fales, and Seals was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Erwin hit a ground ball up the middle which was mishandled by the shortstop to score Guitar and Verbeck, pinch running for Fales. A walk to Kelsey Rightenburg (Lexington/Croswell-Lexington) loaded the bases for Morcom who worked a base on balls for the game winner. McDonald earned her fourth win in as many starts giving up five hits and striking out eight batters.

The Scots return home with a 7-3 record and now turn their sights to the NFCA Leadoff Classic tournament next weekend in Panama City, Fla., on March 8-11.