LEXINGTON, Kentucky-- The Mount St. Joseph softball team had a fantastic 2018 regular season and were rewarded with the third seaon in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament. Which set up a match up with the Grizzlies of Franklin College on Friday. The Lions were victorious 6-0 in game one, but after Saturday's games were rained out the tournament was reseeded as a single elimination tournament. The Lions would again faceoff with the Grizzlies on Sunday.
After thoroughly dominating Frankllin on Friday, Coach Goderwis again turned to freshman ace Sarah Miller (Fishers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin). On Friday Miller was able to keep the Grizzlies off-balance the entire way, throwing a complete game shutout. In this game though Franklin was able to get to Miller in the bottom of the first. A two out single through the middle of the infield just alluded shortstop Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/Holy Cross) drove in the games first run.
The Lions threatened in the bottom of the first, as they managed to get two runners on. Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central) delivered a hit and Miller followed with a walk. But as would be a theme throughout this game the Lions just couldn't manage to find that big hit at the right time.
Franklin again scored in the top of the second. Then added three more runs in the third inning, on a three run homerun, pushing their lead to 5-0. The Lions finally got on the board in the bottom of the third, as Sturgill drilled a 2-out basehit up the middle, scoring Tucker from second base.
Brianna Kauf (Orrville, OH/Orrville) relieved Miller in the top of the fourth inning. It was much of the same though as for the fourth inning in a row Franklin was able to get their leadoff hitter on base. The Grizzlies found a way to plate another run in the inning,
The Mount had a huge opportunity to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Lions first two batters of the inning Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH/Mason) and Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) reached bases, and Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, IN/Avon) drilled a basehit into rightfield scoring Bunch. So with one run in and no one out the Lions seemed primed to make a charge. MaKayla Hanes (New Paris, OH/Greenville) hit a hard line drive right at the second baseman, who flipped on to the shortstop for a unavoidable double-play.
The Lions would again threaten in the bottom of the sixth inning, but would again hit into a double play. The again plated one, but the Lions just could not get that big hit.
After defeating Franklin on Friday the Lions were eliminated by them on Sunday falling to the Grizzlies 8-3.
For their efforts on the field Miller and Tarter were named to the HCAC All-Tournament team.