The Thomas softball team put together a tremendous run in the final month of the season and into the North Atlantic Conference Tournament under head coach Terry Parlin, as the Terriers made it all the way to championship round. With several standout performances and two players named to the All-Conference team, it was a successful year on the field for the Terriers.
SEASON RESULTS: 16-23 overall record, 8-4 conference record, reached the NAC Finals
Thomas began their season with the annual spring trip to Florida to take on some tough opponents while playing a total of 13 games in six days. While the Terriers did not come away from the trip with a victory, it well prepared them for the rest of their schedule in the month of April.
Thomas began April with a split against Husson, where they took the second game on a walk-off two-run homerun by Korrie Laren in extra innings. After splitting their next three doubleheaders, the Terriers sweep back to back doubleheaders over Lyndon State and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The regular season came to a furious close, as Thomas played five doubleheaders in six days, sweeping three out of the five to finish in third place in the NAC. The Terriers began tournament play against Husson, and fell in a closely contested 3-1 game. Unexpectedly, Thomas was matched up against the top-seed Castleton Spartans in an elimination game, and responded with a 5-1 win to eliminate the host team.
Playing for a spot in the championship round, Thomas crushed New England College 9-0 in six innings to get a shot at Husson in the finals. In an instant classic game, the Terriers unfortunately came out on wrong end, falling 1-0 on a walk-off run in the seventh inning as Thomas would finish as the conference runner-up.
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All-Conference First Team
Alyssa Eugley, SS/CF – 39 games, .288 AVG, 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 22 R, 16 BB, 10 SB
All-Conference Second Team
Sonja Morse, P/SS – (Hitting) 39 games, .291 AVG, 4 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 22 R, 13 BB, 2 SB
(Pitching) 18 GS, 9 Wins, 15 CG, 114.2 IP, 109 K, 3.30 ERA
BEST PERFORMER: Alyssa Eugley, Senior
Eugley was the leader of the team, the lone senior, and was a big part of the offensive attack as well as strong fielder. Eugley set career-highs in stolen bases (10), walks (16) and tied a career-high with 16 RBI's. The Sidney, Maine native had seven multi-hit games and reached safely in 28 of 39 games on the season, with a total of 12 extra-base hits, including 3 homeruns. Eugley earned her second straight All-Conference First Team selection.
BEST BREAKOUT: Korrie Laren, Sophomore
Laren busted out as a sophomore this season, setting career-bests in nearly all offensive categories. The third baseman posted a .284 batting average, with 31 hits, five doubles, a team-high four homeruns (2nd in the conference) and 24 RBI's (4th in the conference), 20 runs scored and a .440 slugging percentage. Laren hit a walk-off two-run homer in the April 11 win over Husson, and had a two homerun game in the NAC Tournament win over New England College.
BEST NEWCOMER: Sonja Morse, Sophomore
Morse joined the Terriers as a transfer from Division I UMass-Lowell, and enjoyed a great first season in a Thomas uniform. The sophomore became the ace pitcher for the Terriers, making a team-high 18 starts, winning nine with 15 complete games, 109 strikeouts in 114.2 innings pitched. Morse's strikeout total was good for fourth in the conference. Also was a key member on offense, posting a .291 batting average with 30 hits, four doubles, 2 homeruns, 13 RBI's, 22 runs scored and 13 walks. Morse was named to the All-Conference Second Team.
BEST GAME: 5-1 win over top-seeded Castleton in the NAC Tournament on May 1, 2015
The Terriers used a five-run fourth inning to top the No. 1 seed and host Castleton Spartans, eliminating them from the tournament. Morse went the complete game for Thomas, striking out six and allowing just one earned run, while also getting the five-run fourth started with a solo homerun. Jordan Agger-Barnes had two hits and Briana Warren had two RBI's to help the third-seeded Terriers earn the victory.
OUTLOOK: Fresh off a conference runner-up season in 2015 and with Eugley the only senior set to depart, Thomas appears to be in great shape heading into the 2016 season.