Softball beats Bates twice

Colby athletics were out in full force this past weekend with many teams competing on campus, but the softball team shined the brightest by finishing their season in style with two impressive wins over Bates in a double header. Colby took the first game with a resilient team effort in what would tally to a 7-6 win. The second game yielded much better overall defense from the two teams result ing in a late push by the Bobcats that tested the Mules.

Steady offense kept the Mules in control for most of the first game. By the end of the fourth inning, Colby clung to a 4-3 lead. Bates would then go on to tie the game in the sixth before taking a two run lead in the top of the seventh.

Late game heroics were in order as the team rallied together to fend off the Bobcats. Wiley Holton ’19, Sam Rizzo ’19, and Robin Spofford ’17 all reached base before Tori Sansone ’16 scored Holton on a fielder’s choice. Skylar Labbe ’18 reached base on a walk and Emily Schatz ’16 finished her second to last game with a walk off single, scoring two runs to end the game.

The second game moved along at a much different offensive pace as the Mules scored all of their runs before the fourth inning. Stout defense and great pitching by Julia Saul ‘18 kept Bates at bay. The Bobcats produced one run in the seventh inning, but it was not enough as the Mules clinched their final win of the season.

The 15-15 record from the Mules was their best record in a long time. Their .500 record in both conference and overall play was the best record since 2003 and 2009 respectively. Other notable wins this season included their two defining wins over Bowdoin in the middle of the season. The team’s 7-1 win over Brandeis also showcased their resilience as this win came after failing to score against Brandeis in the previous game.

Contributions by players from every grade lifted the team to a successful year and showcased the unified play of a team on the same page. If this season is any sign of things to come, Colby Softball will be prepared for another successful season in 2017.

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