BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University softball team was defeated by the Castleton Spartans, 4-3, in the North Atlantic Conference loser's bracket championship game on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
The Husson Eagles took advantage of walks and wild pitches in the top of the 1st inning. Brianna Brochu and Chloe Gorey both walked. Olivia Smith laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Brochu and Gorey both advanced on the play. A wild pitch from Castleton's pitcher Kayla Wood allowed Brochu to score from third base. Husson led 1-0 after the top of the 1st.
Castleton answered back in their half of the inning. Sara Baker reached on a fielder's choice. Kayley Fountain singled through the left side. Tori Swaine followed the single with a double down the left field line. Baker scored on the double while Fountain advanced to third. Jordan Gouger was the next batter for the Spartans. She also lined a double to deep left. Swaine and Fountain both crossed home on the double. A Sami Carlo bases loaded walk forced Gouger across the plate and extended the Castleton lead to 4-1 after the 1st inning.
Brochu walked to start the top of the 3rd inning for the Eagles. She would steal second then advance to third on a wild pitch. Gorey followed with a walk of her own. Olivia Smith was credited with an RBI on her groundout to the Spartan shortstop. Brochu scored from third. Husson trailed 4-2 after the top of the 3rd.
Husson took advantage of walks and errors in the top of the 4th. Nicole Andrade was issued a free pass to start the inning. Kylie Kennedy reached on a fielding error by the Castleton first baseman. Andrade advanced to third. Andrade scored on a throwing error by the Spartan right fielder. The Eagles only trailed 4-3 after their half of the 4th inning, but it was as close as they would get. Castleton held off Husson for the rest of the game and advanced to the championship game.
Kayla Wood started the game, grabbed the win for Castleton, and went 4.0 innings. She allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out five. Taylor Paquette went the final 3.0 innings, while allowing no runs and striking out one. Jordan Gourger led the way with two RBI. Tori Swaine and Sami Carlo had the two other RBI.
Alannah Healy started and only went a 1/3 of an inning. She allowed four runs (three earned). Jen Jones relieved Healy and went 5.2 innings. She struck out 10 and did not allow a run. Olivia Smith had the only RBI. Bri Brochu, Kylie Kennedy, and Casey Lopes all tossed in one hit apiece in the loss.