SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 2 seed University of New England will head into the championship round of the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Tournament as the lone undefeated team remaining following Friday's (May 3) play. No. 1 seed Endicott and No. 4 seed Salve Regina will compete for the other spot in the championship.
The top-seeded Gulls played their first game of the tournament to open the day. They picked up an 8-0 win in six innings over No. 5 seed Roger Williams sending the Hawks into the loser's bracket. There were three elimination games played on Friday, starting with the fourth-seeded Seahawks knocking out No. 6 seed Nichols, 7-0. After losing the Gulls, RWU had to travel to Gordon to faceoff against the No. 7 seeded Fighting Scots. The Scots were able to come away with the 12-6 upset victory to end the Hawks' championship hopes. However, Gordon would succumb to Salve, 5-3, in the final win-or-go-home game of the day. In a matchup of the undefeateds, the Nor'easters took out the Gulls, 6-2.
Day three of the CCC Tournament on Saturday, May 4 will start with an elimination game between the Seahawks and Gulls at 11:30 a.m. The winner of that game will advance to the championship round needing two wins to knock out UNE. The first game of the championship round is scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
If the Nor'easters lose that game the "if necessary" game will be played on Sunday, May 5.
The winner of the 2019 CCC Softball Tournament will be named the CCC Tournament Champion and will earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament.
#1 Endicott 8, #5 Roger Williams 0 – 6 Innings
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Gulls took the early lead in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer to center field from Jamie Hopgood (Warwick, R.I.) and never looked back.
Endicott added one run in the fourth inning, two runs in the fifth inning and secured the 8-0 victory with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Maggie Oram (Lexington, Mass.) pitched all six innings for the Gulls and allowed just five hits with two strikeouts.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Leading the Gulls offensively were Hopgood and Olivia Odermatt (Cheshire, Conn.), who both went 2-for-3 at the plate.
- Hopgood, Odermatt, Adrianna Favreau (Tewksbury, Mass.), Hayley Arduini (Southington, Conn.), and Hannah Llewellyn (Danvers, Mass.) all hit a double during the contest.
- Hailey Pretchtel (Glenmont, N.Y.) shifted to 4-4 on the season with the loss.
- Ellie Fleming (Marshfield, Mass.) and Lia Nocella (Tyngsboro, Mass.) also saw time in the circle for the Hawks.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#4 Salve Regina 7, #6 Nichols 0; #4 Salve Regina 5, #7 Gordon 3
WENHAM, Mass. – Salve Regina sophomore Andi Nelson (Candia, N.H.), the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Pitcher of the Year, led her softball team to a pair of postseason wins in elimination games at Gordon. In the morning start against Nichols, Nelson held the Bison scoreless on four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 7-0 final. The Seahawks (23-19) then traveled to Beverly, Mass., for the scheduled site of their next contest. However, with the Endicott field now flooded after the No. 1 seed's 6-2 loss to No. 2 University of New England, Salve Regina returned to Wenham to face the "home" team Scots in another elimination game. Salve Regina built a 6-0 lead and held on for a 6-3 win over Gordon after the Scots scored three unearned runs after two were out in the top of the seventh. Nelson struck out 12 in the nightcap.
Salve Regina advances to the championship round with the Gulls and Nor'easters, and will play Endicott at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Second-team All-CCC designated player Maddie Machado (Westport, Mass.) launched a solo homer to left field in the second inning against Nichols. Third Team All-CCC third baseman Nikki Vanelli (Quakertown, Pa.) homered down the left field line two innings later for a 3-0 lead.
Later in the fourth, Lauren Packer (Manchester, Conn.) singled to right center to score Second Team All-CCC catcher Holly Kathios (Pelham, N.H.).
First Team All-CCC shortstop Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth for a 5-0 lead before third-team outfielder Jaycee Garrigan (Uxbridge, Mass.) singled in Vanelli, and Kathios scored the final run against the Bison (17-19-1) on an error.
Kathios had RBI singles in the first and third innings against Gordon (20-20). Garrigan started a three-run fourth with a solo blast to center field. Megan Guest (Meriden, Conn.) scored on a passed ball after reaching base with a walk and advancing with a wild pitch and ground out. Second Team All-CCC outfielder Lindsey Florent (New Bedford, Mass.) doubled and advanced to third on a throw and came home on the single up the middle by Riley.
Nelson had allowed just one hit to the Scots through the first six innings. Kristen Brown (Granite Springs, N.Y.) led off the seventh reaching on an error. Catilin Catalanotto (Kingston, N.H.) singled to right and Rose Shannon (Ashland, Mass.) walked to load the bases with one out. Nelson got her second punchout of the inning before Gabby Hunt (Millbury, Mass.) lifted a three-run double to right field. Nelson got her 20th K of the day for the final out.
Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.
7 Gordon 12, #5 Roger Williams 6
WENHAM, Mass. – On day three of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) postseason tournament, No. 7 Gordon softball shocked No. 5 Roger Williams, 12-6, in game one to advance in the loser's bracket.
- Rose Shannon (Ashland, Mass.) got her squad on the board first in the top of the second as the senior ripped a single to short, allowing Lily Rivera (Concord, N.H.) to score. Two batters later, Gabby Hunt (Millbury, Mass.) laced a hard hit single up the middle to plate Shannon, giving the Scots a two-run advantage.
- The Scots tacked on another two runs an inning later thanks to three hits to extend their lead to four. Continuing the theme of scoring two runs an inning, Gordon added two more in the fourth to give them a comfortable 6-0 lead.
- Roger Williams cut the lead to one after a strong fifth inning for the Hawks, scoring five runs on four hits.
- Not comfortable with the one-run lead, the Fighting Scots put up four runs in the top of the sixth to double up the Hawks, 10-5.
- In the top of the seventh, Kaelie Mercado (Granada Hills, Calif.) drove in a pair of runs after driving a single right back up to middle to make it a 12-5 ball game.
- The Hawks were able to score on in the bottom of the seventh, but the Scots' lead was too much as Gordon upset the Hawks, 12-6 to advance.
Game recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
#2 University of New England 6, #1 Endicott 2
BEVERLY, Mass. – Behind five runs during the second and third innings, second-seeded University of New England upended No.1 Endicott by a 6-2 margin in Game 10 of the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship on Friday afternoon (May 3) at the EC Softball Complex.
The Nor'easters (26-14) will enter Saturday's action back at Endicott as the only squad without a loss in the double elimination tournament. UNE is slated for the second of two games on the schedule, awaiting the winner between the Gulls and Salve Regina.
The result brought an end to the 18-game winning streak of Endicott (29-5), and marked the first setback against a CCC foe in 2019, following an unblemished regular-season campaign.
After hits by Gina DeMilt (Princeton, N.J.) [CCC 1st Team] and Lauren Misiaszek (Londonderry, N.H.) [CCC 2nd Team] netted one run for the Gulls in the bottom of the first, the Nor'easters bounced right back with a pair in their next chance. Sarah Lachapelle (Gilford, N.H.) worked a one-out walk and Anna Sessa (Tewksbury, Mass.) subsequently doubled, before a two-out infield single by Alexis Kapsambelis (Merrimack, N.H.) [CCC 1st Team] tied the score. Sessa then came home during a throw attempting the catch Kapsambelis stealing.
Although the hosts tied things at 2-all in the last half of the second with doubles by Carly Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) and Olivia Odermatt (Cheshire, Conn.), UNE wasted little time snatching the lead for good in the third. Caroline Schoenbucher (Barrington, N.H.) started the frame with a double and scored with a single by Taylor Depot (Auburn, Maine) [CCC 3rd Team]. Andrea Gosper (Wyoming, R.I.) [CCC 3rd Team] drew a free pass and then Lachapelle ripped a two-run double to stake the visitors to a 5-2 cushion.
Sydnee Bessler (Everett, Mass.) [CCC 1st Team] shut down Endicott from the circle the rest of the way, surrendering just two more hits among the final 15 outs. She fanned four and walked one in her 13th victory for UNE.
Avery Alberghini (Moretown, Vt.) [CCC Player of the Year] topped the Nor'easters with three hits, and Schoenbucher tallied two. Lachapelle matched that by adding an RBI-single in the 7th to boost the lead, plating Depot for a second time.
The season win total is now UNE's highest since the 27 posted in 2012 -- the last time the Nor'easters claimed the league crown.
Taking the pitching loss for the Gulls was Laura Somerville (Suffield, Conn.) [CCC 2nd Team], who lasted two batters into the 3rd inning. Misiaszek notched two of the team's six hits.
Game recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
#4 Salve Regina 5, #7 Gordon 3
Game recap to follow.
2019 CCC Softball Tournament Schedule
Game numbers reflect the original order of games before rescheduling.
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Hosted by #1 Seed and #2 Seed
Friday, May 3
Hosted by #1 Endicott/Gordon
Game 4 - #1 Endicott def. #5 Roger Williams, 8-0 (6 innings) | BOX
Game 7 – #4 Salve Regina def. #6 Nichols, 7-0 | BOX
Game 8 - #7 Gordon def. #5 Roger Williams, 12-6 | BOX
Game 10 - #2 University of New England def. #1 Endicott, 6-2 | BOX
Game 9 - #4 Salve Regina def. #7 Gordon, 5-3 | BOX
Saturday, May 4
Hosted by #1 Endicott
Game 11 - #4 Salve Regina at #1 Endicott, 11:30 a.m.
Game 12 - #2 University of New England vs. Game 11 Winner, 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Hosted by #1 Endicott
Game 13 - Game 12 teams (if necessary), TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.