Softball splits TCCC double-header
New England College softball split a double-header with TCCC opponent Anna Maria College on Sunday afternoon, losing game one 2-4 but coming back to beat the Amcats 16-8 in game two. The split improves the Pilgrims to 7-21 overall and improves their conference record to 5-13.
The Amcats would strike first in game one as the leadoff batter would open the game with a single and come around to score on a one out single by the number three batter to put Anna Maria up 1-0 early. NEC would get the run back in the top half of the third inning as Bethany Forshaw would open the inning with a single and come around and score on a bases loaded walk by Amanda Lester tying the game at 1-1.
Anna Maria would score again in the bottom of the fourth inning but again the Pilgrims would answer with a run of their own in the fifth sending the game into the sixth tied at 2-2. Anna Maria would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth scoring two runs with back-to-back doubles as the Amcats would hold the Pilgrims scoreless in the seventh capturing the 4-2 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Amanda Lester and Deanna Brayton who each finished with two hits and a run batted in. NEC’s Alexandria Sacco and Bethany Forshaw each singled twice for the Pilgrims.
In game two Anna Maria would open up with the early lead plating three runs in the first but the Pilgrims would explode for six runs in the second inning grabbing the 6-3 lead after two. NEC would score two runs in the third and Anna Maria would follow with five runs of their own tying the game at 8-8 heading into the fourth. NEC would tack on four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as the Pilgrim defense would silent the Anna Maria bats late cruising to the 16-8 win.
Leading the way for NEC was Jessica Chisholm who finished with three hits, including a homerun and four runs batted in. NEC’s Sierra Thibeault doubles in two runs and Rachel White finished with three hits, three runs batted in and four runs scored for the Pilgrims.
Picking up the win on the mound for NEC was Bethany Forshaw who pitched five innings allowing eight runs and striking out three.