Laren Goes Deep as Softball Splits Doubleheader at Colby

Laren Goes Deep as Softball Splits Doubleheader at Colby

Release courtesy of Colby College sports information

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Thomas College had a shutout performance from pitcher Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) in the opener and Colby College received a home run from Tori Sansone in the second game for a 7-2 win and as the two local rivals split a non-conference doubleheader at the Colby Softball Field on Monday.

The Mules (6-11) scored at least one run in each inning in a 7-2 victory in the nightcap. Meanwhile, Morse scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked two in a 5-0 win for the Terriers (5-12) in the first game.

Game 1: Thomas 5, Colby 0
Morse and Colby pitcher Wiley Holton were in a scoreless game through five innings in the first contest. Holton struck out seven and walked two.

The Terriers scored four times in the sixth inning to take control. Junior Madison Bentz (Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township) had an infield single, junior Courtney Veilleux (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) beat out a bunt when she was trying to sacrifice, and freshman Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H. / Franklin) singled to left to load the bases. Junior Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Bentz with the eventual game-winning run. Freshman Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union) singled off the glove of Sansone at first base to bring in two runs for a 3-0 lead. Morse had an RBI ground out to bring in the final run of the frame.

Freshman Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H. / Belmont) had a one-out double in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Veilleux for the game's final run.

Game 2: Colby 7, Thomas 2
Sansone had two hits, two RBI, and scored a run in the second game. Katie McLaughlin added three hits and scored two runs, while Emily Schatz had two hits and scored a run. Grace Farnkoff had one hit, one run, and drove in a run.

Laren hit a home run to left field and Lebourveau went 2-for-2 in the nightcap for Thomas.

The Mules scored a lone run in the first inning when Robin Spofford scored on a base hit by Emily Schatz.

Thomas quickly tied the game on the first pitch of the second inning when Laren went deep to left field for the home run.

Colby took the lead with another run in the second inning, all with two outs. Farnkoff had an infield single, stole second base, moved to third on a single by McLaughlin and scored on the same play thanks to a Thomas error.

Paige Hartnett doubled with two outs in the third inning and scored on Kathleen Mason's single to center field for a 3-1 margin.

McLaughlin had a one-out single in the fourth inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when Sansone homered to center field.

Colby pushed the lead to 6-1 with another run in the fifth inning. Schatz had a lead-off single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Farnkoff.

McLaughlin led off the sixth inning with a double and scored on Spofford's single to center field for Colby's final run.

Freshman Michaella Arsenault (Poland, Maine / Poland) doubled in the seventh inning for Thomas, which scored its second run when senior Phyllicia Jordan (Ellsworth, Maine / Ellsworth) stole home as part of a double steal.

Julia Saul earned the victory for the Mules, striking out eight and walking just one batter.

The Terriers return to the diamond Wednesday when they travel to Husson for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.