Lyndon places third at NAC Championship Tournament

Lyndon places third at NAC Championship Tournament

ORONO, Maine – Fifth-seeded Lyndon fared well at the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Softball Championships winning two of four games to place third in the competition for a second consecutive year.

The Hornets fell 5-0 to second-seeded Castleton in the opening round before eliminating arch-rival Johnson State 6-2 Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Lyndon defeated Thomas 8-0 in 5 innings, ending the Terriers' season, before falling to Husson 7-1 Sunday in the tournament's championship round.

Castleton 5, Lyndon 0

A pair of Hornet errors and a few timely hits by the Spartans led to an early 4-0 deficit and a trip to the loser's bracket for Lyndon. Katie Gagne went 3-for-3 for Castleton with three runs-batted-in and Ruby Bushey chipped in a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Kayla Wood went the distance to get the win, allowing no earned runs on four hits while striking out nine and walking one. Katie Davis (North Haverhill, N.H.) took the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while fanning six and walking three.

Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.), Dakota Crane (Central, S.C.), Jena Finnegan (Keeseville, N.Y.) and Davis had one hit each for Lyndon.

Lyndon 6, Johnson State 2

Trailing 1-0 after one inning of play, Lyndon plated six straight runs to remain alive in the NAC playoffs. The Badgers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Anna Bingham singles and scored a few pitches later on a Hornet error. Lyndon responded in its next at bat as Jillian Emery (Johnson, Vt.) got aboard on a dropped third stirke and scored on a Johnson error two batters later.

The Hornets took the lead for good in the third on a run-scoring single by Emery and a passed ball that delivered Sheridan from third. Jena Finnegan's RBI single in the fifth pushed the Lyndon lead to 4-1 before another run-producing single by Emery and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Crane staked the Hornets to a comfortable 6-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Johnson starter Andrea Williams closed out the scoring in the game with a solo home run in the seventh. In the circle, she allowed four earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking none. Williams also had two hits in the contest.

Emery had three hits and two RBIs to lead Lyndon while Katie Ste. Marie (North Troy, Vt.), Crane and Finnegan chipped in two hits each. Davis got the win allowing one earned run on five hits while fanning seven and walking one.

Lyndon 8, Thomas 0 - 5 innings

Facing elimination for a second straight day, the Hornets plated seven runs in the bottom of the first and coasted to an 8-0 victory over Thomas.

Finnegan's two-run triple and Ste. Marie's two RBI single highlighted the uprising that sent the Hornets on to the win and a berth in the tournament's championship round. Taylor Young (Lowell, Mass.) pounded out a pair of hits to support Davis who went the distance to get the victory. She allowed no earned run on four hits while striking out one and walking none.

Kelsey Crowe too the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits while fanning three and walking one in two and two-thirds innings of work. Courtney Veillux had two hits for the Terriers.

Husson 7, Lyndon 1

Lyndon's title hopes came to an end with a 7-1 loss to eventual tourney champ Husson in a game played at the University of Maine's Mahaney Dome due to inclement weather.

The Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second on a Sam Schultz RBI single, but the Hornets responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame when Emery singled, moved to second on an error and scored on a throwing error by Husson catcher Casey Lopes.

Lyndon's momentum proved to be short-lived as the Eagles plated three runs in their next at bat to take a lead they would never relinquish. A Hornet error and a Lopes double accounted for two runs and Jess Poulin capped the rally with a run-scoring triple.

The Hornets continued to battle in the late innings, but were stymied by a few solid defensive plays by the Eagles that took them out of the inning.

Amanda Ryan was the winner allowing no earned runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Lyndsay Merrill was perfect 4-for-4 in the contest and Breanna Martin was 3-for-4 with three RBIS.

Davis absorbed the loss allowing seven earned runs on 14 hits while fanning four and walking none. Sheridan, Crane, Emery, Young and Carl had one hit each for Lyndon.

For her outstanding play throughout the tournament, Finnegan was named to the All-Tournament Team.