In an amazing day at Vineyard Field, the Saints swept Monroe Community College and in the process, claimed the 2016 Western New York Athletic Conference championship. The Tribunes came to MNE with a 13 game winning streak that is now snapped. Mercyhurst extended their own winning streak to 13.
The Saints used a big third inning and a dominating performance from Kiersten Coho helped the Saints defeat the number 4 ranked team in Division 3 Saturday afternoon.
After two scoreless innings, the Saints put up six runs in the third to take control of the game. Coho led off the inning with a base hit to right and moved to second on a sac bunt. Mackenzie Hawley then singled to make it first and third.
Kaelyn Shea then got a suicide bunt down and when Monroe tried to retire her at first, the throw got away, allowing Hawley to score. Emily Foy and Sam Mott both doubled home runs before Grace Edwards hit a line drive to right that was misplayed to make the score 6-0.
In the fourth, Hawley smacked a home run to left to make it 7-0. In the bottom of the fifth, Kim Burdett ended the game with a towering homer to center, forcing the mercy rule.
Coho was in control the entire way, striking out seven while only allowing 3 hits. She finished the game throwing only 66 pitches.
The Monroe/Mercyhurst softball series has provided some of the most exciting games in softball over the years. On Sunday, they added another thriller that needed extra innings to decide.
Mercyhurst reached the scoring column first in the second inning. Kiersten Coho singled to start the inning and would later score on an error.
Coho, who pitched the first game, also started the second game and was cruising through the first five innings, striking out nine Tribunes. However, in the sixth a walk and a home run suddenly put Monroe up 2-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Coho singled into right and with two outs, Heather Mueller slammed a home run to left center to put Mercyhurst back on top 3-2.
Coho took the ball in the seventh but Monroe started the inning with a home run to tie the game. An error and a double put MCC back ahead 4-3. Sam Mott entered the game and tossed a wild pitch to allow the runner to go to third. Mott then stuck out the next two batters and got a ground ball that left the runner stranded.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mackenzie Hawley singled and stole second to start the inning. Emily Foy then hit a long fly ball to center that hit the top of the fence. Instead of a walk off homer, it did tie the game and put the winning run on second. After an intentional walk and another walk loaded the bases, a crazy play ensued. Coho hit a missile up the middle that appeared to win the game, however, the ball was hit so hard it connected with the runner leading off second base. The result of the play was a dead ball hit, all runners had to return to their bases. The next batter grounded out to send the game to extra innings, where the international tie-breaker was used.
Mott got two more strikeouts and a pop to first to strand the runner once again.
In the bottom of the eighth, Aren Schwab started on second and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Mott then hit a ground ball up the middle and Schwab beat the throw at home to end the game.
Mott got the win, not allowing a hit in her two innings of work. Foy and Coho both finished with three hits to lead the Saints while Hawley and Mueller each added two for the winners.