NORTH ADAMS, MA - Sophomore Emalie Rott went 3 for 3 at the plate and came within one out of a complete game victory Monday, leading the Williams College softball team to a 9-1 victory over crss-town rival MCLA in its final game of the season.
The Ephs were beaten 3-0 in the first game of the twinbill, so their final record of 2013 ended up being 16-21. The Trailblazers moved to 19-20 on the season.
In the nightcap, MCLA pitcher Ainsley MacDonald kept the Ephs off base until the third inning when their bats came alive. An infield error put Merrilee Weston on first; a base hit by Rott put runners on first and second with no outs. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up. Theresa Legan hit an RBI single. Erica Li grounded out to short, scoring Rott. Kacey Cramer followed with a liner that fell for an RBI-single. She advanced to third on an error on the play and scored on a wild pitch to give Williams a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth, Li singled to score Rott, who had doubled and moved to third on a groundout. In the fifth Ali Graebner singed and came around to score on two errors on the same play. In the sixth, the Ephs put the game away with three runs, sparked by a Rott lead-off triple.
Legan and Li were each 2 for 4 with two RBI while Cramer was 1 for 3 with two RBI in the victory. Rott gave up five hits and one walk while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings.
In the opener, MLCA pitcher Rachel Quackenbush and the Trailblazer defense shutout the Ephs, 3-0. Quackenbush gave up five hits and struck out five.
The Trailblazers got on the board quick in the bottom of the inning. With two outs Amanda Meczywor earned a walk and came around to score on Angelica Perfido's double. The inning didn't end there as the next batter up Sam Barbarotta singled and Perfido came around to score.
MCLA scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the second. Megan Boyer hit a leadoff single. Boyer was lifted for a pinch runner that advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a ground ball out. Quackenbush helped herself at the plate by hitting a sacrifice fly to right.
Meczywor, Barbarotta, Perfido, Boyer and Quackenbush all recorded hits for the Trailblazers. Li, Graebner, Weston, Priscilla Pino and Tayler Donze all had hits for Williams. Senior Megan Casey took the loss in her final start, allowing five hits and three walks over six innings while striking out eight.