Orange County Community College 5
Mercyhurst North East 2
In Middletown, NY, Orange used two separate two-run home runs as they defeated the Saints in a rematch of last year's region championship game.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the second when a bases loaded line drive was snagged by the second baseman. The attempted to double off the runner on second was wide and allowed Kiersten Coho to run home.
In the third, Orange took the lead with a two run home run to right center. A walk and two more hits allowed Orange to go ahead 3-1.
The Saints closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth after two hits and a sac fly by Hannah Larkin. However, Orange drilled another two run homer in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Mercyhurst had chances to even the score. In the sixth a leadoff single was followed by a double play. In the seventh, the Saints had the tying run at the plate with one out, but a strikeout and fly ball ended the game.
Mercyhurst lost despite out hitting the Colts 11-8. However the Orange home runs were too much to overcome.
Mercyhurst North East 5
Orange County Community College 3 (8 Innings)
The Saints scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to salvage a split in region play Saturday afternoon.
In a wild game, the Saints took the lead in the first inning when Kim Burdett drove home Grace Edwards with a ground ball. The Saints had the bases loaded with one out, but failed to get any more runs home.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, with the Saints stranding a runner in scoring position every inning until the seventh.
In the sixth, Orange leadoff batter Rebecca Weirtink tied the game with a solo homer to left. Orange then took the lead when the very next batter bashed a homer of her own.
Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Emily Foy started the inning with a single before Kim Burdett singled with no outs. Sam Mott laid down a perfect sac bunt and Aren Schwab hit a sac fly to tie the game at 2-2.