KISSIMMEE, Florida – After a three week layoff, the Walsh Cavaliers softball team began their week long adventure at the Spring Games at the Osceola Complex on Sunday (March 3).
The Cavaliers split the first day in the Sunshine State with a 4-3 loss to Missouri-St. Louis and a 5-2 win over Northern State.
The Tritons scored three runs in the third inning and one in the sixth inning, taking a 4-0 lead with an inning and a half left.
Alina Molette led off the sixth inning with a double before Katelyn Loughman walked. Both runners moved up into scoring position with a sac bunt. One run scored on a fielder's choice bunt by Jessie Rock. Bobey and Brooke Six followed with a RBI single each as Walsh trailed 4-3. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out but could not score the tying run.
Sara Gockenbach allowed one unearned run in four innings of relief work.
Walsh scored first in the second inning as they had the leadoff batter come around to score. Bobey led off with a walk before being lifted for a pinch runner. Alex Depue moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on an error by the third baseman. Depue scored on a sacrifice fly by Abbey Yaugher.
Northern State tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning.
The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning. Katelyn Kennedy walked to start the inning and was relieved by Yasmine Rivera on the basepaths. Rock plated Rivera and herself with a two-run blast to right field.
Walsh added two more runs in the next inning, pushing the lead to 5-1 over the Wolves. Yaugher opened the frame with a double. Molette plated the run with a RBI single up the middle. A walk and a single loaded the bases for Bobey. Bobey brought Molette home with an infield RBI single.
The Wolves got a run in the bottom of the sixth but could not pull any closer. The Cavaliers earned their first win of the season, a 5-2 win.
Alison Harper threw a complete game with two runs allowed.
For the day, Molette had three hits total, including a double.
The Cavaliers will face Mercy College at 1:00 PM and Wayne State College at 4:00 PM on Monday (March 4).