The #11 ranked Alma Softball team began Thursday as the number one seed in the 2011 MIAA Tournament at Scots Park, and after a very competitive day of play by the four participants, the Scots are still in the hunt for the tournament crown.
Alma dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to number four Trine in the first game, but came back to eliminate #25 ranked Adrian College, 2-0, in an elimination game. On Friday, the Scots will take on Hope College in a game beginning at Noon at Scots Park. The winner will take on Trine University at 2:00 p.m., while the loser will be eliminated.
In the first game, Alma took a 1-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning in a pitching duel that was worthy of the matchup. The Scots had scored their run when Jr. IF Erin Pintek (Flushing, MI/Flushing) knocked in Sr. CF Kelly Koenigsknecht (Fowler, MI/Fowler) in the bottom of the third inning.
However, the Thunder were able to score two runs in the top of the seventh off of Alma Sr. P Tara Leddy (Saginaw, MI/Swan Valley) to capture the 2-1 victory. Leddy pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits, and offensively, Koenigsknecht finished three for four in the contest.
In the game against Adrian, it all came down to So. P Louise Rezmer (Essexville, MI/Bay City All Saints). She entered the bottom of the seventh inning having struck out nine of the previous 11 batters, but better yet, she had a no-hitter (actually a perfect game) entering the final frame.
But, Adrian's Katie Adams dropped down a perfect bunt that landed in a spot that no Alma infielder could get to, and the dream was put to rest. However, Rezmer had only one thing on her mind and that was to close out the win, which she did with three consecutive outs. She finished with nine strikeouts in the win, with just the one hit allowed.
Offensively, the Scots didn't need much, but they were able to score two runs in the top of third inning. Jr. SS Lauren Davis (Marysville, MI/Marysville) doubled, and after two subsequent outs,OF Amanda Schneider (New Baltimore, MI/Anchor Bay) singled. The hit moved Davis to third, while Schneider went to second on the throw.
On the next at bat, Sr. 3B Erika Brower (Allegan, MI/Allegan), punched out a bloop single that scored both runners and proved to be the winning runs for the Scots. That hit kept the hosts alive in the 2011 Tournament.