Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information / Photo courtesy of Brian Beard, CIPhotography.com
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Williams used extra innings to defeat Trinity, 3-2, in the opener and game two between Bowdoin and Amherst was suspended due to rain on the first day of the NESCAC Softball Championship hosted by Bowdoin on Friday afternoon.
The Ephs (29-10) advance to the winner's bracket of the tournament on Saturday where they will play the winner of the Bowdoin-Amherst contest, which was halted after two innings due to quickly deteriorating field conditions caused by rain. The Bantams (19-14) will play the loser of that contest in an elimination game on Saturday.
The schedule for Saturday's game, including the resumption of the Bowdoin/Amherst contest, will be announced on Saturday morning.
Game 1: West #1 Williams 3, East #2 Trinity 2 (9 inn.)
- The Ephs rallied from an early deficit but, Jessica Kim rapped a game-winning triple to right center, scoring Kristina Alvarado in the ninth inning to give Williams the walk-off win.
- Trinity grabbed the lead in the top of the second inning, as Meaghan Race doubled, setting up runners on second and third with none out. Victoria Baez lofted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Natalie Bruno to give the Bantams the lead.
- Williams' Rebecca Duncan worked out of further trouble, and the Ephs answered in the bottom of the fifth, getting solo home runs from Breanna Martinez and Kim to take a 2-1 advantage.
- The Bantams replied with a solo home run from Nicole Towner to tie the game in the top of the sixth.
- Trinity's best chance to take the lead in extra innings came in the top of the eighth as they put runners on second and third with two away. Duncan got a force out by Race, keeping the game tied.
- Williams' game-winning rally came with two outs as Alvarado walked. Kim ripped a pitch to the gap, where it skipped to the wall. Alvarado raced all the way around from first to plate the winning run.
- Duncan (13-4) earned the win in relief, tossing 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just two hits.
- Rachael Smith (8-6) was tagged with the loss for Trinity, allowing two hits over four innings of relief with two strikeouts.
- Kim led the Williams offense by going 2-5 with two RBI's and a run scored.
- Natalie Bruno went 1-1 with three walks and a run scored for Trinity.