NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – In the final game of the season, the Southern Vermont College softball team lost at Mass. College of Liberal Arts Sunday afternoon 8-0 in five innings in non-conference play.
Senior pitcher Ainsley MacDonald (Wilder, Vt.) earned the win in the circle (3-4) after pitching all five innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out two Mountaineers. SVC sophomore Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) took the loss (4-12).
The only threat the Mountaineers had was in the first inning. Leadoff batter Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) earned herself a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on a ground out. MacDonald was able to work out of it, however, to keep Southern Vermont off the board.
MCLA got on the board right away in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back singles by freshman Michaela DiNicola (Lanesboro, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Meczywor (Adams, Mass.) put runners on first and second. Sophomore Angelica Perfido (Whately, Mass.) then reached base on a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, sophomore Sam Barbarotta (Pittsfield, Mass.) grounded out to the shortstop, but DiNicola came around to score the first run of the game. Freshman Tanelle Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) would come up and rip a two-run double, putting the Trailblazers up 3-0.
MacDonald did all the work she needed for her team as she shut the Mountaineers down and only gave up two hits.
The Trailblazers scored again in the second inning when senior Kendra Hobbs (Haverill, Mass.) reached on an outfield error and came around to score on DiNicola's second base hit of the game.
MCLA scored two more runs in the fourth inning and sophomore pinch hitter Rayelle Pierson (Pittsfield, Mass.) hit a double in the gap, scoring freshman pinch runner Rachel Quackenbush (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) to end the game.
The Trailblazers will be back at Zavattaro field Monday when they host cross-town rival Williams College (3:30 p.m.) and then back again on Friday when they host the second round of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference tournament.