Alma, Mich. - The Alma College softball team took both games in a doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday (March 23) afternoon, 10-6 and 14-6 in six innings. Alma improves to 9-5 on the year while OWU falls to 5-9.
With the wins, Head Coach Denny Griffin has surpassed 900 wins in his 31-year career as head coach of the Alma softball program. Since Griffin began his tenure as the head coach in 1989, he has never had a losing record in a season, has totaled 30 or more wins 16 times, nine or fewer losses nine times, and has only lost fewer than 23 games three times, two of which came in his first three years as head coach.
McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) hit her league-leading fifth home run of the year in game one while Jazmine Hamm (Byron Center, Mich. / Byron Center) picked up her third win of the season. Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) pitched in relief in both games and did not allow a hit in 4.2 total innings of work. Hannah Cambe (Demotte, Ind. / Kankakee Valley) posted four RBI in game two while Morgan Trout (Otisville, Mich. / Lakeville) had two RBI and two doubles.
How It Happened
Game 1 - at Alma 10, Ohio Wesleyan 6
- Alma manufactured two runs in both the second and third innings. The first two came off of one hit and one error, and Creed launched a two-run home run in the second inning.
- After OWU got one run back in the fourth, the Scots answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) drew a walk with the bases loaded and Kaylee Martin (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) reached first on an error by Ohio Wesleyan's second baseman. Hadyn Terwilliger plated two more runs with a single to center field.
- Cambe sent a double to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth after Trout led off the inning with a single. Martin brought Cambe home later in the fifth.
Game 2 - at Alma 14, Ohio Wesleyan 6 (6 innings)
- The Battling Bishops got out to a quick 3-0 start in the top of the first when Kennedy Sattler took Skylar Crisenbery (Watervliet, Mich. / Coloma) deep to left field. The Scots closed the gap to one run in the bottom half of the inning when Schweiger doubled home Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman) and Madyson Piche (Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. / Sault Area) reached first on an error, allowing Schweiger to score from second.
- Alma took the lead with a seven-run third inning and never looked back. The Scots scored all seven runs with two outs and came up with six runs on four straight hits. Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) hit a double to deep right-center field, scoring Piche and Kennedy Koenigsknecht (Fowler, Mich. / Fowler). Trout followed with a double to left-center field to score Cambe, who previously brought Terwilliger home.
- Cambe and Trout came back to help end the game in the sixth inning. After Alma's first three batters got on base, Cambe brought them all home with a triple to right field to put the Scots up 12-6. Trout followed with a finely placed ball in front of OWU's left fielder, just enough for Cambe to come around to score and end the game by the eight-run mercy rule.
- McKenzie Creed leads the conference with five home runs and 25 RBI. She also has an MIAA-best .490 batting average.
- Five different players had extra-base hits in game one.
- Game two was Riley Terwilliger's first action since February 25, the third game of Alma's season.
- Morgan Trout went 4-for-8 on the day with three doubles and three RBI. Trout has spent her first three seasons as a backup first baseman but has seen her role increased as a senior. She is hitting .387 this season, fifth on the team among players who have had at least 30 at-bats through 14 games.
- Hannah Cambe's four RBI in game two is a new career-high. Her bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning was also the first of her career.
- Ohio Wesleyan committed six errors in game two.
Alma is right back at Scots Park on Sunday to host the Bluffton Beavers. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.