It wasn't easy, but the Alma Softball team came away with two victories on Saturday at Olivet against a very competitive Comets squad. The Scots won by scores of 5-4 and 8-7 to improve to 6-0 in the MIAA and 23-2 overall, while the Comets are now 0-4 in the league and 10-12 in the 2011 season.
In the first game, the Comets scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning and the Scots answered with two of their own in their half of the frame. The score remained tied until Alma scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning.
So. 2B Kayla Smart (Jenison, MI/Jenison) doubled with two outs to get the Scots going and So. Rachel Bowker (Essexville, MI/Garber) pinch ran for her. Bowker ended up scoring when Olivet committed an error on a ball hit by Jr. OF Camille Dittmar (Highland, MI/Milford).
Sr. P Tara Leddy (Swan Valley, MI/Swan Valley) pitched 6.1 innings for the win, giving up five hits with five strikeouts. So. P Louise Rezmer (Essexville, Bay City All Saints) completed the game for her second save of the season.
The nightcap was not any easier for the Scots. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but then were a bit sloppy, giving up six unearned runs to the Comets in the top of the third inning.
Alma showed their maturity though, scoring two runs in each of their next two innings to tie the game at 6-6 after four innings. Olivet though did not go down without a fight though, as they pushed across a single run in the top of the sixth to take the 7-6 advantage.
The Scots earned the win in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they scored two runs on just one hit, taking advantage of three Olivet errors to regain the lead at 8-7, the final margin of victory.
Rezmer pitched a complete game to run her season record to 7-0, allowing one earned run on six hits, walking four and striking out eight in the win. Dittmar led the Alma attack by going three for three with three RBI's and two runs scored.
So. OF Amanda Schneider (New Baltimore, MI/Anchor Bay) was two for three with two RBI's, andJr. SS Lauren Davis (Marysville, MI/Marysville) added two hits in three at bats and a run scored in the win.
The Scots are next in action on Monday, when they are scheduled to take on MIAA foe and #12 ranked Adrian College in a doubleheader at Scots Park, beginning at 3:30 p.m..