Softball drops a slugfest and a pitchers' duel in Florida

Sophomore Mary Collette drove in four runs against York on Friday, March 8, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -  The Bates softball team tallied 12 hits in a 9-8 loss to York and got another strong performance from junior pitcher Kirsten Pelletier in a 3-1 loss to Carthage Friday morning. 

Bates (2-8) wraps up its Florida trip Saturday morning with games against Catholic and New England College. First pitch against Catholic is set for 12pm.

York 9, Bates 8

Bates fell behind 9-3 and rallied late, falling just short to York by a final score of 9-8 Friday morning.

Down by six, the Bobcats scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth. First-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) reached on an error. One out later, first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) drew a walk and junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) singled to load the bases. Sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) singled in a run and sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) delivered a bases-clearing double to cut the York lead to 9-7.

The Bobcats got another run in the seventh inning. Pagan drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. First-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii) singled Pagan to third and Ishii stole second base. With one away, Panepinto drove in Ishii with a ground out but York hurler Shyla Pastore got the next Bates hitter to ground out as well, ending the game.

Bates jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With runners at the corners, Panepinto doubled home Ishii. Sophomore Payton Buxton (Middlebury, Vt.) shut down York for the first two innings but ran into some trouble in the third. With two on and two out, Joanna Marmo singled in two runs to put York up 2-1.

The Bobcats answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Sato singled up the middle and Panepinto singled her to second. Sato advanced to third on a fielder's choice and Collette drove her in with a sacrifice fly to right field, tying the game at two.

York scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to go up 5-2. Sophomore Erin Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) singled in Collette in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 5-3.

But York (7-4) chased Buxton (0-4) from the game in the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Pastore singled. Elle Meyer, who finished 4-5, singled as well. Then Alyssa Harhigh doubled in both runners. Mia Ruffalo singled in Harhigh and Joanna Marmo doubled in Ruffalo to make the score 9-3 in favor of York.

Panepinto went 3-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs in the loss. Collette drove in four runs and Pagan, Ishii and Sato all recorded multi-hit games.

Carthage 3, Bates 1

Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) struck out a season-high 10 batters over six innings and allowed just two earned runs in the Bobcats' 3-1 loss to Carthage Thursday morning. Pelletier (2-4) sports a 1.83 ERA in seven appearances, five starts, so far this season.

Carthage starter Naomi Alonzo (2-1) allowed just three hits and an unearned run to pick up the win for Carthage (7-3) in a complete game effort.

Carthage took the early lead when Rylee Johnson drew a one-out walk, stole second, and scored on an Ellie Bernero two-out single in the second inning.

Bates answered in the third. Pagan reached on an error and Ishii bunted her to second. Then Panepinto reached on a second Carthage error, allowing Pagan to score and tying the game at one.

Alonzo helped her own cause in the fourth by doubling to start the frame. Then a Bates error on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed Alonzo to the score the eventual winning run.

Carthage added an insurance run in the sixth. The Bobcats never really threatened down the stretch, with Alonzo holding them hitless after the second inning.