On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, 27 former Saints softball players showed up at the Annual Saints Alumni Softball game.
Players ranged of all ages, ranging from the class of 2003 to the class of 2015 arrived to take part in the sixth edition of the game.
After a brief warm up and pep talk, current Saints Head Coach Brian Dewey divided up the girls onto two separate teams to play one seven inning game.
There may have a few errors, and the hitters were unusually sharp as the home team jumped ahead 1-0 after two innings. They would use some suspect defense to drive that lead up to 4-0 going into the top of the seventh before the visitors rallied.
Two errors, and a series of base hits allowed the visitors to score five runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead 5-4. In the bottom of the seventh. The home team had runners on 2nd and 3rdwith two outs and Celia Brown stepped to the plate.
Brown (2013) drove a single to right field, and the runner on third easily scored to tie the game and when the winning run attempted to score from second….right fielder Jaleesa Sledge (2009) made a perfect throw home to catcher Anita Deloe (2003) to gun down the runner, leaving the game in a tie.
The game was just the start of a fun afternoon and evening for all the ladies coming back to Mercyhurst North East, as events went on all night long.
"It was great to see everyone", said Dewey. "Everyone had fun with the game, and it was a reminder to all of us of how many great athletes help build the tradition of one of the greatest softball programs in the nation. Not only were these ladies great softball players, but they are even better people. The fact they come back to rekindle friendships just shows we are doing something great. They said it best out there today….Once a Saint, always a Saint!
Here is a list of alumni that attended Saturday:
Megan Spellman, Anita Deloe, Rachel Pacholke, Rachael Gazica, Erika Bacha, Bailey Patt, Kayleigh Milliman, Sam Harvey, Felcity Knight, Ronette Claar, Jess Ernst, Brittany Daniels, Celia Brown, Nikki Woodard, Lauren Nickerson, Katie Ives, Skye Ripple, Tyler Honard, Jalessa Sledge, Merran Nottingham, Laken Pogerzelski, Tera Deniziak, Stephanie Fincher, Brittany Saber, Alex Puckly, Christina Rice and Shelby Overturf.