CASTLETON, Vt. --- Castleton University pitcher Kayla Wood held Thomas College to one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 11 as the Spartans topped the Terriers, 3-1, to capture the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title at Spartan Field.
After Wood set Thomas (18-19) down in order on strikes in the top of the first inning, the hosts got to Terrier starter Faith Robinson (sr., Auburn, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) early on, loading the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the frame, but could not push a run across.
In the second inning, though, Castleton (20-11) broke through for a pair of runs. Ruby Bushey scored when Sami Carlo reached on a throwing error. Carlo scored two batters later on a Jessica Babcock RBI single through the right side.
The Spartans added to their lead in the seventh when Krista Carcaterra drove in McKinlie Carpenter with a single down the left-field line.
The Terriers received singles from Molly Carroll (fr., Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island) in the second, Lindsy Hoopingarner (sr., Richmond, Maine / Richmond) in the fifth and Courtney Veilleux (jr., Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) in the sixth but were unable to string anything together on offense until the top of the seventh inning.
Pinch-runner Cassie Contigiani (fr., Belmont, N.H. / Belmont) scored on a one-out single up the middle by Katie Taylor (fr., Lebanon, Maine / Noble). Contigiani was running for Jordanna Agger (so., South Portland, Maine / Wells), who led off the inning with a single to right center, and had advanced to second when pinch-hitter Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) reached on a error.
Bushey and Babcock had two hits each to lead Castleton.
Robinson took the loss in the circle for Thomas, allowing three runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings.
Three Terriers -- Morse, Taylor and junior Korrie Laren (jr., Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) -- were named to the NAC All-Tournament Team.
The contest also marked the final game in the careers of five Terriers -- Morse, Robinson, Hoopingarner, Phyllicia Jordan (Ellsworth, Maine / Ellsworth) and Ashlee Quirrion (Jay, Maine / Spruce Mountain).