Mounties begin baseball, softball seasons

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius college baseball and softball teams spent spring break in Myrtle Beach, S.C., battling teams from around the nation.

The baseball team concluded its spring trip with a 3-6 record; highlighting the trip with a 14-6 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan on Monday. The Lady Mountie softball squad earned a 5-5 record, including two victories where the Lady Mounties registered 18 and 13 runs offensively.

Mount Aloysius baseball coach Kevin Kime summarized the pre-season outings.

“We played a very challenging schedule in Myrtle Beach,” he said. “Roanoke is currently ranked No. 23 in the nation and holds a 14-5 record, Catholic is 10-2, and we beat a very good North Carolina Wesleyan team that is currently sitting at 15-6.”

The Mounties notched an impressive win over North Carolina Wesleyan on day three. The Mount Aloysius bats were active with 15 hits, led by a three-hit and four-RBI performance from Bryn Brown, a senior, in the leadoff spot. Luke Stultz, of New Paris, was credited with the victory after throwing 5• scoreless innings.

The Lady Mounties softball team opened its season with a doubleheader against King’s College. The Mounties were defeated 12-3 in game one before capturing game two with a 4-1 win. King College scored 11 runs in their first two at-bats in game one to seize control. Kate Little, of Ashville, had two hits and Karly Klein scored two runs in the loss, while Emily Wawroski threw four innings in relief on the rubber, allowing just two hits.

Mount Aloysius College softball coach Carl Teeter assessed the South Carolina trip this way: “I more than pleased with our trip,” he said. “I got to see where we are as a team and was able juggle the line up to see who will fit where. I’m very proud of our pitching staff; they came out ready to play from the start.”

In game two, Morgan Rackish was dominant, throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits and one unearned run. Mount Aloysius scored two runs in the second as Kateryna Bittner and Sophomore Leanne Cardoso-Bastos, of Hillside, NJ, each recorded RBI singles. The Mounties doubled their lead in the fourth inning courtesy of a Courtney Link RBI triple, and senior Alexandria Teeter with an RBI single. Cardoso-Bastos went 4-for-4 in game two and Teeter added two hits.

On day two, the Mounties registered impressive shutout victories with a 4-0 win over Clarks Summit before an 18-0 victory against John Jay. Wawroski was credited with the win in the victory over Clarks Summit, throwing a complete game and allowing just three hits. Bittner hit for a single in the sixth inning, driving in two runs and breaking the scoreless tie. Mount Aloysius scored early and often in the win over John Jay. Highlights included a three-run homer from Hannah Simpson in the first inning, a Karly Klein RBI triple in the second inning, and from Harley Nelen an RBI triple in the third. Wawroski also cleared the bases with a double in the fourth inning that drove the score to 17-0. Pitchers Rackish (three innings) and Nina Shatzer (two innings) combined for the shutout.

“Our defense was pretty good and where I thought it would be,” Teeter said. “We did have a few errors, but most likely those were the consequences of nerves. Once the game rolled on, the players felt more comfortable in their spots and understood what is expected of them.”

The Lady Mounties hope to be back in action on March 25 with a doubleheader against Juniata College. Winter storm Stella postponed two previously scheduled doubleheaders.

“Our bats will be consistent this season. We had a few games where we put up anywhere from 12 to 18 hits,” Teeter said. “The good news is when we look back on this spring break it was a successful trip, a great trip. But now, we need to take that next step and see what it’s going to take. Players need to relax, I think it’s more talent vs. talent when we reach a certain level of play.”