NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – The big inning out of the St. Mary's College of Indiana offense proved to be the difference in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match-up Monday, March 26.
The Belles, continuing a white-hot start to 2018, broke open a nip-and-tuck game one with nine runs in the sixth in route to a 14-4, six-inning victory. They came back with a combined seven tallies over the third and fourth frames of the nightcap to ensure an 8-0, six-inning triumph at Spartan Field.
Despite the two defeats that dropped them to 7-9 on the season, there was some silver lining for Manchester University. Among the positives for Coach Josh Dzurick's squad was junior catcher Sydney Thompson (Logansport, Ind.) going two-for-three with two runs scored in game one, and freshman hurler Alex Whittig (Hartford City, Ind.) holding down the blitzkrieg Belles' offense in game two to the tune of one run on only two hits over two frames. Another set of highlights came from the trio of senior Mallorie Jennings (Bourbon, Ind.), sophomore Makenzi Nyland (Avon, Ind.) and freshman Kendal Torrence (Lowell, Ind.) who earned an RBI apiece in the first contest.
The Spartans begin a string of six consecutive road games Thursday, March 29. They take on another MIAA foe when they face off against Hope College of Holland, Mich. First pitch at Wolters Softball Stadium on the HC campus is 3 p.m.