Posted: Mar 08, 2020
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Mary's softball team kicked off their Spring Break trip to Florida with a 2-0 victory over Roger Williams and a 4-1 decision against Concordia Chicago on Sunday.
After leaving runners on base in both the first and second innings, the Belles broke through in the bottom of the third against Roger Williams. Kelsey Keilman beat out a bunt single to lead off the inning before stealing second base. JoAnna Keilman then drove in the elder of the Keilman sister duo with a single up the middle for the 1-0 lead.
Defensively, the Belles shut the door on the Hawks in the top of the fourth inning. With bases loaded and just one out gone, Alison Alberts made the throw to the plate in time for the force out to get the second out of the inning. Mandi Hettinger then wrung up the next batter with a big strikeout to end the threat.
Saint Mary's retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings before getting another run on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Natalie Quinlan made it to second base on a miscue by the Hawks' right fielder to start the inning and advanced to third on a ground out. Two batters later, Kelsey Keilman belted a triple to drive in Quinlan for the 2-0 lead. Saint Mary's put the game away in the top of the seventh after Hettinger drew a pop up to Mac Pepper at second base to end the game.
Kelsey Keilman went 4-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run. Sydney Swartz added a 2-for-3 effort with a pair of doubles, and Alison Alberts tallied a 2-for-3 performance at the dish in game one. JoAnna Keilman drove in a run, and Natalie Quinlan scored a run for the Belles. Mandi Hettinger threw the complete-game shutout in the circle with three strikeouts, no walks, and no extra-base hits.
In the second game of the day, both Saint Mary's and Concordia Chicago had a pair of runners in scoring position over the first three innings of play without scoring a run. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 until the top of the sixth inning. Sydney Swartz led off the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mandi Hettinger. A single by JoAnna Keilman put runners on the corners. Keilman then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Alison Alberts drove in Swartz with a bunt single, and Keilman scored on the play for a 2-0 lead while Alberts advanced to second. A fielder's choice to the shortstop by Brianna Martinez put runners on the corners with Alberts moving up to third, and Winnie Tomsheck drove in Alberts with a ground out to the second baseman for a 3-0 lead. Alyssa Gutierrez kept the offense going with a single to right field as Martinez came in from second to score on the play.
The Cougars used back-to-back two-out hits in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 4-1 game. Hailey Hisaw, however, retired the final four batters in order - all on infield outs - to close out the 4-1 final.
Alison Alberts was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run to help pace the Belles. Sydney Swartz and JoAnna Keilman each added a hit and scored a run. Alyssa Gutierrez posted a hit and an RBI, and Winnie Tomsheck drove in the first RBI of her collegiate career. Hailey Hisaw posted the complete-game pitching win after allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and no extra-base hits.
The Belles (2-2) are back in action in Florida on Monday when they take on Marywood at 10:00 a.m. and St. Scholastica at 12:15 p.m. at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg, Florida.