When the Saints left the hotel Sunday morning, they faced the same situation they did a year ago. In 2015, Mercyhurst was beaten by Region 19 Champ Del Tech on Saturday, forcing the Saints to need to win two games on Sunday to advance.
Well in 2016, the Saints were once again defeated by the Region 19 champs, this time it was County College of Morris. Morris dominated the Saints on Saturday, coming within a run of beating Mercyhurst via the mercy rule.
Just like a year ago, the Saints came to the ballpark fully prepared to do whatever it took to take home the championship. In another coincidence, the Saints defeated Morris in the first game with a walk off in the bottom of the seventh to force the "IF" game. The exact same thing happened against Del Tech in 2015.
When the final game started, the Saints had all the momentum on their side and used that to put away Morris early and advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the 8th consecutive time.
Mercyhurst scored in the first when Emily Foy singled to right to drive home Mackenzie Hawley. In the second, MNE ended the drama with a six run inning. Just about every Saints collected a hit, with the only exception a sac bunt early in the inning.
After that, it was in the capable hands of pitcher Kiersten Coho. Coho had pitched all seven innings of game one, and took the ball again in the decider. She responded by limiting the Titans to just three hits in four innings. Sam Mott entered for the final inning and struck out two of the batters she faced to end the game.
Emily Foy continued her hot hitting with three more hits, including a two run homer, and finished the game with 4 RBIs. Foy capped her weekend with an amazing 12 RBIs and 4 home runs.
With the win, the Saints have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in Clinton, Mississippi.