Saints head coach Brian Dewey told his team Friday night, before the Region 3/15 Tournament, that "we don't need any hero's this weekend, we just need a team effort." That's exactly what the Saints delivered this weekend, capped by a 7-1 victory over Orange County Community College Sunday in the championship game.
After taking the first two games of the tournament Saturday, Mercyhurst needed one more win to capture the title. Mercyhurst narrowly beat Orange Saturday to put themselves in control.
Saints starter Portia McBride, feeling ill and not up to her usual self, started the game by getting three outs in the top of the first to set the tone.
In the bottom half, Christina Rice singled to start the inning and Emily Foy blasted a two run homer to left to get the Saints out in front. Julia Lang then doubled before a walk and single loaded the bases with one out. Taylor Wilson then singled home two more runs to give the Saints total control. Two errors gave Mercyhurst two more runs as the Saints left the inning ahead 6-0,
McBride, who didn't have her normal velocity and command used guts to keep the same lineup that scored 8 runs the day before, off the scoreboard. She only allowed six hits in six innings while not allowing a run.
Mercyhurst pushed that lead to 7-0 in the fourth inning when Julia Lang hit a solo home run to left.
"I was very proud of the girls this weekend", said Dewey. "We continue to find new ways to win. Portia has carried us most of the season in the circle but she wasn't feeling well all week. So the offense stepped up and carried the load for us this weekend. The pitcher for Orange is very tough, and she shut down our lineup in the series two weeks ago. But the girls had a good approach and game plan and more importantly, they executed it this weekend."
The Saints now 25-10 on the season and now advance to the District Tournament next weekend in Delaware.