Finlandia claimed the ACAA Softball Championship with a 5-2 win over UMaine-Presque Isle this afternoon in Canton, NY. UMaine-Presque Isle reached the championship with a 10-4 win over SUNY-Canton in the elimination game earlier in the day.
In the first inning of the championship game, sophomore Harlie Caster walked, moved to second a sacrifice bunt and third on a grounder. Sophomore Emily Nguyen singled up the middle to score Caster.
Maine-Presque Isle tied it up in the fourth. In the fifth for FinnU, an error and two hits had the bases loaded with one out.
Nguyen crushed a triple to right center field to clear the bases. Nguyen would score on a grounder to make it 5-1.
The Owls scored a run and had a runner on second with one out in the seventh. The Lions got two ground balls to end the tournament.
For Finlandia, Nguyen had three hits and drove in four runs while sophomore Kassandra Avila had two hits. Avila (11-7) gave up eight hits, one run, walked one and struck out three in six innings.
For Maine-Presque Isle, Sara Packard (16-8) gave up eight hits, five runs, three earned, walked one and struck out eight in six innings.
Eleven athletes earned all-tournament honors: SUNY Delhi: OF Emily Clapper; SUNY Canton: IF Jaedyn Ossont, IF Courtney Hyland; UMaine-Presque Isle: P Sara Packard, OF Jackie Peers, DP Alexis Allcock, IF Melanee Terry; Finlandia: P Denia Bent; IF Kassandra Avila; IF Emily Nguyen; OF Makenna Lloyd.
Elimination Game Box Score
Jaedyn Ossont, Courtney Hyland and Desiree Pryce posted two hits each but the SUNY Canton softball team fell 10-4 to Maine-Presque Isle in an elimination game of the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Tournament on Sunday.
The Owls (25-10) advanced to the championship game where they eventually fell to Finlandia University, 5-2.
The Owls scored one run each in the second and third innings to open up the early advantage. UMPI posted five runs on four hits in the fifth inning to open up a 7-0 advantage.
The Roos (9-12) responded with four runs on five hits in the sixth and brought the tying run to the plate with a pair of runners in scoring position, but a pop up ended an impressive two out rally. Jaedyn Ossont drove in a pair of runs, while Courtney Hyland and Valerie Clark had an RBI each.
Sara Packard helped her own cause hitting a three-run homer to left center in the bottom of the sixth to give the Owls a 10-4 cushion heading to the seventh.
Ossont, Hyland and Desiree Pryce led the Roos with two hits each, while Ossont drove in a pair of runs and Hyland and Clark posted an RBI apiece.
Nicole Woodward took the loss with four strike outs and nine earned runs over six innings. Packard earned the victory giving up four earned runs with three strike outs over seven innings.