Scots Softball takes down #2 seed Simpson College in walk off fashion

Scots Softball takes down #2 seed Simpson College in walk off fashion

The Alma College Softball team is going to the 2015 NCAA Softball Regional Championship! The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Michigan time tomorrow.

Alma has already upset the #1 seed Illinois Wesleyan University earlier today. They kept up the streak as they took down the #2 seed Simpson College 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning in a walk off fashion.

After both of Alma's wins today they have improved their record to 27-15 while Simpson fell to an overall record of 30-11.
 
The starting line up for the Scots:
So. IF Anna Couture (Posen/Posen)
Jr. IF Kayla Merice (Dorr/Wayland)
Sr. IF Devan Olah (White Lake/Lakeland)
Sr. IF Lea Lusk (Columbiaville/Lakeville)
Fr. OF Mary Brooks (Portland/Portland)
Jr. IF Sarah Collier (Fenton/Fenton)
Sr. OF Brooke Hein (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Northview)
Sr. IF Cori Witham (North Muskegon/North Muskegon)
Sr. OF Marie Zill (Chelsea/Chelsea)

In the circle for the Scots was So. P Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc/Grand Blanc)

Alma were the home team and took the field first. Their defense kept on rolling from game one as they put the first three Simpson batters to bed. Alma managed a hit in the bottom of the first, but stranded the runner on first.

In the top of the second inning, Stratton walked two batters, but got out of the pinch striking out one, followed by two groundouts which stranded both runners. Alma wasn't able to produce in the bottom of the second inning as they left one runner on base. 

After a scoreless top of the third, the Scots pushed across a single run as Zill crossed the plate with the help of an RBI single from Olah - her second hit of the game. This gave Scots took their first lead of the game 1-0.

Simpson answered quickly in the top of the fourth, knotting the game at 1-1. Alma recorded one out, but Simpson quickly loaded the bases after a walk, an Alma error, and a hit.Then, a hit batter scored the runner on third, but Stratton struck out the last two batters to end the inning.

Alma attempted to take the lead again in the bottom of the fourth but were unable to produce as they stranded one runner on base, keeping the score 1-1.

The Scots did not allow a hit in the top if the fifth inning, retiring the only three Storm batters. Then, in the bottom of the frame, and two outs on the board, Merice blasted a double to right field but a groundout followed, keeping the score knottedmat 1-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Scots allowed one hit but got themselves out of a bind as they stranded two Storm runners on base and allowed no runs. Three consecutive outs for Alma in the bottom of the sixth resulted in a quick half inning.

Lead off batter for Simpson in the top of the seventh hit a single, putting a runner on base. Stratton struck out the next three batters, moving the game into the bottom of the sevent. This is where it would get exciting.

Hein, the Scots lead-off batter, blasted a double to right center field and then Witham put a sacrifice bunt down the third base line, advancing Hein to third base. Zill attempted a suicide squeeze bunt, but Hein was thrown out at home. Zill then advanced to second base on a steal to keep the threat alive. 

Couture followed with an infield single to the right of the second baseman and she was able to beat the ball to first base. This allowed Zill to scamper home all the way from second to score, winning the game in dramatic fashion, 2-1.

Merice went 2-3 in the game with one double and Couture went 2-4 with an RBI and had one stolen base. Olah went 1-3 and recorded the other RBI of the day. 

Stratton put on another clinic in the circle as she pitched a complete game of seven innings. She allowed one run on three hits and struck out eight Simpson batters.

"We knew we would go back to back with Morgan as we did it last week in the MIAA tournament," stated Alma Head Coach Denny Coach Griffin. "We knew she could do it after seeing her last week. She found her spots and moved the ball well. Her and Cori do fantastic work together."