YORK, NE & MITCHELL, SD (PCSaints.com) – The Presentation College women’s softball team went 2-2 over the four-game weekend in York, NE and Mitchell, SD. The Lady Saints secured wins over York College 5-0 on Saturday and followed up with a 10-1 victory over Dakota Weselyan on Sunday. After the weekend, the Lady Saints move to 12-14 overall for the 2017 season.
Game One: Presentation College 1, Kansas Wesleyan University 5
The Lady Saints found themselves down early in the bottom of the first inning as KWU’s Autumn Gillespie homered to left to give them the 2-0 lead. The score remained the same over the course of the next few innings until KWU got on the board again. DWU’s Emily Sparks would score off a wild throw from Celia Cerezo to give them the 3-0 lead heading into the sixth inning.
Presentation would get on the scoreboard after an Amber Ewert double to left field. After a Kassandra Orozco single to advance Ewert to third base, Cerezo would connect a single to center to bring home Ewert to pull the Lady Saints within two (3-1). However, KWU knocked in two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to eventually get the 5-1 win over the Lady Saints.
Ashlyn O’Keefe would suffer the loss as she threw for six complete innings which allowing five earned runs off seven hits, walking five, and striking out two in 24 batters faced.
Amber Ewert and Kassandra Orozco led the Lady Saints at the plate by going 2-for-3 a piece, while Ewert notched the only run for the Saints.
Game Two: Presentation College 5, York College 0
The Lady Saints notched their first shut-out of the weekend over host school York College on Saturday. The Lady Saints set the tone early as both Amber Ewert and Kassandra Orozco got on base in the top of the first inning. Celia Cerezo would follow up with a single of her own to bring home Ewert and after a wild-throw by York’s Rodriguez, Orozoco would touch home plate to give the Lady Saints a 2-0 lead.
Ater back-and-forth innings by both team, the Lady Saints would tag on three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to give them a 5-0 lead over York College, which would prove to be enough for the shut-out win.
Amber Ewert and Krystle Schweers would lead all Lady Saints at the plate with two hits a piece in the win. Five other Lady Saints recorded a hit in the 5-0 shutout inlucding Cortni Mendoza, Kassandra Orozco, Celia Cerezo, Lenessa Nelson, and Shanice Webb. Haylee Hemmert, Ewert, Orozco, and Cerezo all notched an RBI a piece to round out the day.
Megan Mendonca was dominant in the victory as she threw for seven scoreless innings while striking out four in 28 batters faced.
Game Three: Presentation College 3, Dakota Wesleyan University 5
DWU would score four runs off PC starting pitcher Ashlyn O’Keefe in the first two innings of play to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. The Tigers would notch one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give them a commanding 5-0 lead coming into the final inning of play. The Lady Saints would fall just short of the comeback as they would notch three runs but would eventually fall 5-3 to DWU. Cortni Mendoza would start off the comeback with a lead off single in the top of the seventh. After a Hemmert triple to score Mendoza, Amber Ewert would would reach first on an error by the Tiger third baseman. Celia Cerezo would knock in two Saints to bring the score within two. However, the Lady Saints’ comeback would fall just short and would drop game one of the double-header to the Tigers by a final score of 5-3.
The Lady Saints outhit the Tigers of DWU 10-6, which included hits from Mendoza (3), Cerezo (3), Hemmert, Orozco, Gibson, and Webb.
Ashlyn O’Keefe would suffer the loss in six innings pitched as she gave up five earned runs off six hits and walking five in 21 batters faced.
Game Four: Presentation College 10, Dakota Wesleyan University 1
The Lady Saints’ bats came alive in game two of the double-header on Sunday afternoon in Mitchell, SD. The Lady Saints would outhit the Tigers of DWU 12-5 in the game with hits coming from eight different Saints in the win.
The Saints would get on the board first and in a big way after a four-run third inning to give them a 3-0 lead. The Tigers of DWU would score their one and only run of the game in the bottom of the third to keep the score close…but only for a moment. The Lady Saints would continue to dominant from inside the batters box as they would tag on six more runs to give them a 10-1 lead heading into the bottom of thr seventh inning. However, the Lady Saints defense prevailed in any hopes of a DWU comeback and would secure the 10-1 win in game two of the double-header.
Four Saints knocked in multiple hits on the day including Mendoza, Ewert, Herman, and Schweers. Ewert led all Saints with three RBI in the win while teammate Mendoza knocked in two.
Megan Mendonca would secure her second win in as many days for the Lady Saints as she threw for seven complete innings while allowing five hits, one earned run and one walk. Mendonca followed up her big weekend with three strikeouts in the win.
The Lady Saints are back in action as they open up conference play against Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE next weekend.