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Thomas More Advances to ACAA Softball Title Game, ASC and Finlandia Remain

Thomas More Advances to ACAA Softball Title Game, ASC and Finlandia Remain

Thomas More posted a pair of shutouts to advance to the ACAA Softball Championship game at noon Sunday. Finlandia and Alfred State advanced through the first day and will play a 10 a.m. contest with the winner advancing to play Thomas More. If TMU loses the noon contest there will be a rematch of the noon game shortly after its conclusion.

Here is a roundup of each team's day courtesy of their respective sports information departments and/or Alfred State:

Alfred State

The Alfred State softball team split a pair of games on day one of the ACAA Tournament. Finlandia scored three in the 6th to earn a 7-4 victory in the opener but the Pioneers rebounded for a 6-0 victory over SUNY Delhi in an elimination game. 

The Pioneers got the offense going in the 1st inning as they plated three runs. Marissa Varela (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) collected a RBI single to single, Ashley Peterson (Maybrook/Valley Central) hit a RBI groundout, and Brianna Dittman (Brooklyn/James Madison) followed with a RBI single to right. The Lions answered right back in the bottom of the inning with three of their own. Denia Bent hit a RBI single, Makenna Gorham scored on a wild pitch, and Kyndell Coffman tied it with a RBI single. Finlandia took their first lead in the 3rd when Cassy Lopez hit a RBI single to center. In the 4th, Dittman laced a triple over the right fielders head and scored on a throwing error to tie it up at 4-4.

In the deciding 6th inning, Finlandia took advantage of four Pioneer errors to score three runs to take the 7-4 advantage. In the top of the 7th, the Pioneers put two runners on with one out sending the tying run to the plate but could not score any of Bent who finished the complete game victory.

Dittman was 2 for 3 with a RBI to lead the blue & gold's six hit attack. Coffman was 2 for 3 with a RBI while Bent was 2 for 4 with a RBI at the plate and earned the win with seven innings of work on the mound.

In an elimination game, the Pioneers matched up with SUNY Delhi. Fisher and Molly Greene engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first 4.5 innings of the game.

The Pioneers broke through in the 5th off of Greene. Jamie Parente (Mt. Sinai) hit a RBI fielder's choice to score Madison Papaj (Holley) to plate the first run of the contest. Varela followed with another RBI fielder's choice to plate Angela Martone (Candor) to add to the lead.

In the 6th, the Pioneers bats got hot as they collected six hits and scored four insurance runs. Martone hit a RBI double down the left field line, Morgan Franklin (Wellsville) hit a sac fly to right, Parente followed with a RBI single, and Varela capped the innings with a double to right. The Broncos loaded the bases in the 7th but could not plate a run off of Fisher.

Fisher and Papaj both finished 2 for 3 to lead the Pioneers 10-hit attack. Fisher threw the complete game shutout. She allowed just six singles while not allowing a walk and striking out three. 

Rachael Scoones was 2 for 3 for Delhi as the Broncos end their season with a 11-15 record.

SUNY Delhi

The Broncos started play against top-seed Thomas More. Thomas More defeated SUNY Delhi 8-0 behind a combined no-hitter by Alix DeDreu and Kianah Towe in the other opening round game. Morgan Wells led the offense with a 2 for 3, 2 RBI day. The Saints advanced to the championship series with a 9-0 win over Finlandia. DeDreu was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and allosed three hits in four innings of work on the mound. Whitney Quillen was also 3 for 3 as TMU collected 13-hits in the game.

In an elimination game, SUNY Delhi matched up with Alfred State. Fisher and Molly Greene engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first 4.5 innings of the game.

The Pioneers broke through in the 5th off of Greene. Jamie Parente (Mt. Sinai) hit a RBI fielder's choice to score Madison Papaj (Holley) to plate the first run of the contest. Varela followed with another RBI fielder's choice to plate Angela Martone (Candor) to add to the lead.

In the 6th, the Pioneers bats got hot as they collected six hits and scored four insurance runs. Martone hit a RBI double down the left field line, Morgan Franklin (Wellsville) hit a sac fly to right, Parente followed with a RBI single, and Varela capped the innings with a double to right. The Broncos loaded the bases in the 7th but could not plate a run off of Fisher.

Fisher and Papaj both finished 2 for 3 to lead the Pioneers 10-hit attack. Fisher threw the complete game shutout. She allowed just six singles while not allowing a walk and striking out three. 

Rachael Scoones was 2 for 3 for Delhi as the Broncos end their season with a 11-15 record.

Finlandia

vs. Alfred State
Alfred State hit Finlandia for three runs in the first inning.  In the bottom half, freshman Rheanna Bain was hit by a pitch and stole second.  Junior Denia Bent singled to score Bain.

Singles from juniors Makenna Gorham and Kassandra Avila loaded the bases with one out.  Following a fielder's choice, a wild pitch scored Bent and sophomore Kyndell Coffman singled to score Gorham.

That tied it at 3-3.  In the third inning, Bent doubled and scored off a hit by Avila to put the Lions up 4-3.  The Pioneers came back to score in the fourth to tie it back up.

In the sixth inning, FinnU took advantage of mistakes by ASC to score three runs.  Alfred State made it interesting with two on and one out in the top of the seventh.  Finlandia got two fly outs to end the game.

For Finlandia, Avila, Bent and Coffman had two hits each.  Bent (6-8) gave up six hits, four runs, two earned and struck out three in seven innings.

For Alfred State, Brianna Dittman had two hits.  Brittany Fisher (5-9) gave up nine hits, seven runs with four earned in six innings.

vs. Thomas More
Thomas More started off quick with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  In the second inning, the Lions got their first two batters on base.  The Saints got the next three batters out and scored five runs over the next three innings for the win.

For Finlandia, freshman Frannette Fernandez (2-5) gave up 13 hits, nine runs and walked one in four innings.

For Thomas More, Alex DeDreu (18-4) gave up three hits and struck out three in four innings.

Thomas More

vs. SUNY Delhi

  • Thomas More took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as senior left fielder Morgan Wells (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) had a two run single scoring senior pitcher Alix DeDreu (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) and senior third baseman Whitney Quillen (Dayton, Ky./Highlands) and then senior shortstop Mary Beth Odom (Taylor Mill, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on a wild pitch.
  • In the second inning, Quillen scored on a run batted-in double by DeDreu and the DeDreu scored on a wild pitch tin extend the Saints lead to 5-0.
  • The Saints increased the lead to 6-0 in the third inning when Wells scored on a sacrifice fly by Quillen.
  • Junior catcher Kenzi Dickerson (Union, Ky./Ryle) hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to bring junior first baseman Andrea Gahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hill) for the final score of 8-0.

  • The Saints pitching staff combined for a perfect game.
  • DeDreu earned the win as she pitched four shutout no hit innings and struck out five, while not allowing a walk.
  • Junior pitcher Kianah Towe (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) pitched a scoreless, no-hit fifth inning and struck out one, while not allowing a walk.

  • DeDreu was two-for-three with a double, a RBI and a two runs scored.
  • Wells was two-for-three with a double, two RBI and one run scored.
  • Dickerson was one-for-three with two RBI and one run scored.
  • Quillen was one-for-one with a RBI and two runs scored.
  • Gahan was one-for-three with a run scored.
  • First-year designated player Elana Harrison (Mason, Ohio/Mason) was one-for-two.

vs. Finlandia

  • Thomas More led 4-0 after one inning as junior first baseman Andrea Gahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a RBI single scoring senior third baseman Whitney Quillen (Dayton, Ohio/Highlands), senior pitcher Alix DeDreu (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) scored on a RBI single by senior shortstop Mary Beth Odom (Taylor Mill, Ky./Dixie Heights), junior catcher Kenzi Dickerson (Union, Ky./Ryle) had a RBI single bring Gahan home and Odom scored on a wild pitch.
  • In the second inning, Quillen scored on a Gahan RBI double and DeDreu scored on an Odom sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.
  • The Saints made the score 8-0 in the third inning as DeDreu had a two-run double scoring Quillen and junior right fielder Amanda Lloyd (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart).
  • In the fourth inning, Odom scored on a fly ball by senior left fielder Morgan Wells (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) for the final score of 9-0.

  • DeDreu earned the win as she pitched four shutout innings giving up three hits, while striking out four.
  • Junior pitcher Kianah Towe (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) pitched a scoreless fifth inning not allowing a hit and striking out two.

  • DeDreu led the Saints at the plate as she was three-for-three with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Quillen was three-for-three with three runs scored.
  • Gahan was two-for-three with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
  • Odom was two-for-two with two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Dickerson was two-for-three with a RBI.
  • Lloyd was one-for-two with a run scored.