Softball

Ashley Cardenas held the Golden Bears to two hits in MondayAshley Cardenas held the Golden Bears to two hits in Monday's victory.

Patriots advance to MSC conference softball tournament

The St. Catharine College softball team, on the verge of seeing the season end Monday, bounced back in game two of a doubleheader against visiting West Virginia Tech to split the twin bill. Then, after the rains washed out a deciding game three, Holly Smith’s Patriots will advance to the eight-team double elimination tournament to start Friday.

 The visiting Golden Bears won Monday’s opener 3-2 but the Patriots took the nightcap 13-1. Since game three couldn’t be played to determine the series winner, the Patriots advanced since they were a higher seed than West Virginia tech entering post-season play.

That will take St. Catharine (15-26) to Millennium Park in Danville this weekend where they will open play Friday at 11:00 against Rio Grande (21-19) who was the top team in the East Division. The tournament is scheduled for eight games on Friday, five on Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday.

 In Monday’s opener the Patriots managed just three hits. The Golden Bears (10-30) broke open a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and held on for the 3-2 win. Megan Beecham went the distance for the Patriots, giving up six hits while walking one and striking out eight. Chelcie Rein had two hits and two RBI’s in the losing effort.

 In the second game St. Catharine exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning en route to the 13-1 victory. They were aided by six West Virginia Tech errors, four of them in the fourth inning.

 Kasie Prather had three hits and knocked in three runs in the game shortened to five innings due to the run rule. Rein added two hits and two RBI’s. Ashley Cardenas was the winning pitcher as she allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four.

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