By Danya Long
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team held a round-robin tournament on Sept. 12 to open their fall season. The Pomeroys fell to Olney Central College andDanville Community College with scores of 6-7 and 8-9, respectively.
SMWC faced off against Olney Central for their first game of the season. The score remained at zero apiece until the third inning, when both teams put up their first runs. The visiting Olney team crossed the plate three times in the top half of the inning, but the Pomeroys added a run of their own with their at bats. Senior Katelyn Tillotson started the inning off with a single to right field; senior Chelsee Gerber came in to pinch run for Tillotson. An error allowed Gerber to advance to second base; a hit by sophomore Kelsey Rosselli caused an error, and Gerber ran to third base. A single to left field by freshman Shelby Barnett drove in Gerber and scored the first run for the Pomeroys.
Olney came back and score two more runs in the fourth inning.
The fifth inning saw SMWC score five runs and take back the lead. Senior Chelsea Baker led off the inning on a hit by pitch; Gerber came in to run for Baker. Junior Leah Miller singled to right and Gerber scored on throwing errors. Freshman Carly Painter hit a single to left first that scored Miller. Another SMWC single, hit by freshman Gina Furrey, scored Painter for the third run of the inning. Tillotson drew a walk, and then Barnett doubled to left to score Furrey and Tillotson.
With a score of 5-6 in favor of the Pomeroys going into the sixth inning, Olney didn’t give up. They went on to score two more runs, making the final score 7-6 and handing SMWC their first loss.
In the second game of the day, the Pomeroys took on Danville Community College. In the first inning, Danville scored five runs and took a quick lead. The second inning saw much of the same for Danville, as they scored four more runs. Before the end of the second inning, SMWC put up five runs. Sophomore Melana Minning singled to right field and stole two bases, allowing herself to score on a single to centerfield by Tillotson. Painter singled to center, followed by sophomore Melinda Bauer reaching on an error. Gerber added another single to center and also picked up an RBI.
The Pomeroys picked up another run, as Rosselli reached on an error by the second baseman. Goelz singled to right and Rosselli stole home. Another two runs came for SMWC in the seventh inning. Minning singled to center, followed by junior Jessica Jonas getting hit by a pitch. Bauer then singled to right field and scored Minning.
The final score of 9-8 in favor of Danville handed SMWC their second loss of the season.
The Pomeroys traveled to Booneville, Ind., on Sunday to play in the Southern Indiana Classic. They had not yet played at press time, but check out the newspaper’s website for results from the tournament.
On Sept. 25, SMWC will host Lincoln Trail Community College at home at 11 a.m.