Ketchum has five hits, RBI in series against Bantams

WATERVILLE, Maine – Softball took the field for a three game series with Trinity for the final contests of their season. In typical fashion for a Maine April, rain spattered the field as the two teams warmed up, and continued on and off during both days of play. However, the teams pushed through the weather and were able to complete all three games.

Trinity's offense was ready from the start in game one and the Bantams immediately tagged starting pitcher Holly Lallis for two runs in the top of the first inning. They extended their lead in the top of the third with an RBI double and a two-run home run and it was 5-0 before Colby got on the board. The Mules' offense came to life in the bottom of the third when Lallis scored on an error by Trinity's second baseman. The momentum carried Colby into the fifth inning, where Lallis scored her second run on Paige Bober's RBI double. Paige Hartnett doubled later in the inning to score Lucie Cunningham and the Mules fought back to within two runs. That would be as close as they could come, however, and the Bantams added two insurance runs off of relief pitcher Wiley Holton in the top of the seventh to win 7-3. Lolo Niemiec also had two hits for the Mules. 

Although Trinity scored first in game two, pushing a run across in the top of the third, the Mules were able to quickly tie the game in the bottom of the 4th when Paige Bober scored on Lolo Niemiec's double to right center field. Colby kept the pressure on, taking the lead when Niemiec scored on Hartnett's groundout, and added insurance in the top of the fifth when pinch runner Laura Powell scored on Ashley Ketchum's single. The Mules carried a 3-1 lead all the way to the top of the seventh, but the Bantams stormed back, generating four runs, including the team's second two-run homer of the series. Colby had runners on second and third in the bottom half of the seventh but could not bring them around and fell 5-3. Ashley Ketchum led the Mules' offense with two hits, while Wiley Holton did all the work on the mound, pitching a complete game.

It was Colby's turn to score first in game three. Holly Lallis, who's baserunning savvy helped her on base when she reached on an error by the catcher, scored the Mules' first run on Hailey Rohall's single to give Colby an early 1-0 lead. Lucie Cunningham started on the mound for the Mules, but relinquished two runs in the top of the second and one in the third. Lallis came in as relief but gave up a run in the fourth and just after the game's midway point the Mules found themselves in a 4-1 hole. They fought back in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ashley Ketchum scored on an error by the Bantam's first baseman, but Colby could not generate any more runs. The Bantams scored four more times in the sixth and seventh and won 8-2.

The series concludes the Mules' season. Colby graduates four seniors, Wiley Holton, Emily Dougherty, Holly Lallis, and Paige Hartnett.