Saints softball close 2014, sweep Canton 8-0, 6-0
Senior Leslie Stratton and junior Aisha O'Connor both tallied five hits as the Saints went on to sweep SUNY Canton 8-0, 6-0 to conclude the 2014 season. St. Lawrence finished without allowing a run in its last four games, and going 9-3 in the last 12 contests.
O'Connor doubled in the first run of game one, plating Natasha Bell and later came around to score on a double by Nicole Matthews to push the Saints lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning.O'Connor led off the Saints half of the fifth inning by hustling down the line to beat out a throw on a bunt single to third base. Rebecca Allen followed with a single up the middle and both came around to score on a single to left by first-year Hannah Sears.
With the bases loaded, Stratton ripped a triple down the left field line to increase the Saints lead to 7-0. Brady Cooper, Marissa Boyer and Sears all scored on the play.
Sears added the game-ending run with a single to left center in the bottom of the sixth that drove in Allen for an 8-0 Saints win.
Kyle Plimpton earned the win in both contests for St. Lawrence, going the distance in game one allowing just one hit and striking out nine. She started game two and pitched two innings with a pair of strikeouts before she was relieved by first-year Jordan Sheridan. But not before the Saints had built a 3-0 lead to secure her second victory.
All three runs came in the first inning, as Stratton led things off with her second triple of the afternoon and was driven in by classmate Natasha Bell's sac bunt to the middle of the infield. O'Connor followed with a single to third base and advanced to second on an errant throw that skipped to the fence.
Things fell apart for the Roos on the next play, as Allen reached safely on a two-base error by the left fielder that brought O'Connor around to score. Allen eventually advanced to third on an error on the throw to the plate by the Canton second baseman. She tagged up to score on a sac fly to shallow left by Sears to make it 3-0 Saints.
The Scarlet and Brown added three more in the fifth inning, the first of which came when first-year Haley Ahouse made her first plate appearance of the season and laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that scored Stratton, while she hustled down the line for the infield single. A wild pitch and a pair of passed balls helped bring Ahouse to the plate for the Saints sixth and final run. O'Connor also scored in the inning on a passed ball.
St. Lawrence finishes the season with a 17-19 record, while Canton dropped to 6-19.