|Final - Softball||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||R||H||E|
|York College (17-35)||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||12||1|
|Bethany College (28-23)||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||3||7||3|
|Great Bend, KS Great Bend Sports Complex|
|York College||Pitching||Bethany College|
|York College||Indv. Stats||Bethany College|
|#12 Perez, Brianna||Doubles||None|
|None||Home Runs||#42 Montoya, Alyssa|
|Final - Softball||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|York College (18-35)||0||1||0||0||0||3||0||4||9||2|
|Saint Mary College (27-27)||0||0||2||1||2||0||0||5||9||1|
|Great Bend, KS Great Bend Sports Complex|
|York College||Pitching||Saint Mary College|
|York College||Indv. Stats||Saint Mary College|
|#12 Perez, Brianna||Home Runs||None|
GREAT BEND, KAN - After a big upset the night before the Panthers had their work cut out for them as they had to face a powerful Bethany College team. Starting pitcher Sydney Loa (FR/Murrieta, Calif.) did well in the two innings she pitched only allowing two hits, unfortunately one of those was a home run that gave the Swedes a 1-0 lead after two innings.
The Panthers battled back in the top of the third after Lilianna Herrera (SO/Cerritos, Calif.) and Brianna Perez (SR/Madera, Calif.) both reached on singles. A misplayed grounder by the Swedes and another single by Renee Rayls (SR/Menifee, Calif.) had the Panthers out in front 2-1.That score would hold until the Swedes tied the game in the sixth inning. Both teams would put goose eggs up in the seventh and extra innings were needed.
York looked to be in great shape as Laura Leos (FR/Wilmington, Calif) and Alysia Rodriguez (FR/Canyon Lake, Calif.) each got on base with singles. With no outs and two runners on Courtney Lovelace (JR/Lake Elsinore, Calif.) hit a hard grounder over toward third and unfortunately the third baseman snagged the ball, stepped on third and laced a throw over to first for the double play. Another singled by Molly Reyes (JR/Corona, Calif.) had runners on the corners threatening for the go ahead run. However, the Swedes forced a ground out to the pitcher that ended the inning.
The Swedes started off the bottom half of the inning in the same fashion as the Panthers. They got two runners on with no outs and were threatening. Rodriguez got the next batter to ground out but the runner at second was able to advance to third. The next batter hit a hard hit ball to center field that scored the winning run for the Swedes and advanced them in the winner's bracket, while York moved into the loser's bracket.
York wsa paired against the University of St. Mary in the elimination game Thursday afternoon. The Panthers were able to get on the board first as Perez hit her 12 home run of the season over the center field fence for the 1-0 lead. The Spires answered back scoring two runs off of starting pitcher Morgan Moore (JR/Loomis, Calif.) before she retired the final out.
The Spires tacked on one more in the fourth and two more in the fifth as they would hold a 5-1 lead going into the sixth inning.
Late inning heroics looked to be in place again as the Panthers led off the inning with four straight singles. With the bases loaded and no outs the Panthers were in business before another unfortunate play would get the Panthers into a double play. A hard hit ball by Renee Rayls grounded toward second base allowing the fielder to scoop up the ball, step on the base and throw over to first. Mikayla Lawrence (FR/Lake Elsinore, Calif.) scored on the play as Perez made her way to third. Another single by Leos scored Perez but a pop out by Kelcie Swink (FR/Port Isabel, Texas) would end the rally with the Panther trailing 5-4. York needed a big seventh inning to extend their season but after a lead-off single the Spires were able to shut down the Panthers' bats and keep their season alive. York ended their season with their second loss in the tournament and finished with a 17-36 record on the season.
"I'm really proud of these girls. We were picked to finish ninth in the conference and now we'll finish in either fifth or sixth. We weren't expected to even make this tournament and we came in and knocked off the one seed in the first game. We're improving as a program and these girls have everything to do with that. It's hard to deal with your season ending but I'm super proud of this team," stated coach Roni Miller.