Scots’ softball sweeps Hope; 17-5 squad hosts Calvin

By Brent Luplow

Sports Editor

The Scots traveled to Holland last Wednesday to play a series against Hope College. The Scots, who are undefeated in the MIAA conference, continued their strong play by collecting two wins.

Alma started the game off hot as both Kassi Adams (’16) and Chelsea Schweiger (’19) hit RBI doubles in the top of the second inning. Anna Couture (’18) followed up the two doubles with a two-run home run to push the Alma lead to 4-0.

The Scots were held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning until Mary Brooks (’18) single scored a runner to make it 5-0. The Dutch scored one of their own in the bottom of the sixth, and then the Scots put the game out of hand in the seven-inning contest when they scored 3 more to collect the Game 1 win, 8-1. Morgan Stratton (’17) continued her dominant year in the circle as she collected the complete game win, allowing four hits while striking out nine.

Sarah Collier (’16) went 3-3 on the day; Adams went 3-4, as did Schweiger who also had three RBIs.

In game two, the Dutch got on the board in the top of the first scoring one run. However, the Scots fired right back as McKenzie Creed (’19) hit a two RBI double to center field. It was then Collier, who hit a two-run home run to push the lead to 4-1 after one inning of play. Hope would get one more run in the top of the third, 4-2. The game was then delayed because of rain in the fourth inning.

The Scots traveled back to Hope College on Friday afternoon to finish the last three innings of action. Kelsey Spencer (’17) and Collier both had RBI singles in the sixth inning on Friday to take the 7-2 lead. The Dutch would  score one more in the seventh to make the final score 7-3 in favor of Alma, as the Scots finished the sweep.

Katie McClure (’18) pitched the first four innings and collected the win to improve her season record to 7-2. Stratton finished the game, pitching the last three innings last Friday.

Kayla Merice (’16) finished the game 4-4 and Brooks was 2-3 on the day.

With the wins the Scots improve to 17-5 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA. They play host to Calvin College on Monday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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