Softball finishes their season with a 2-3 weekend

Colby Softball wrapped up their season this weekend going 2-3 in a five-game home stretch against Trinity College and Brandeis University. The final games pushed the Mules to an 11-19 overall record, and 4-8 against NESCAC East teams.

The Mules entered the series against Trinity as underdogs. The Bantams had only two divisional losses on the season and were sitting in first place in the East. The first game ended a 1-0 loss on Friday. The game featured Wiley Holton ’19 on the mound in yet another pitching duel. She was last week’s NESCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after pitching two complete games against Bates. In this game, she pitched all seven innings again, forfeiting just one earned run on six hits. Unfortunately, the Mules struggled to generate anything offensively. The team had a collective .173 batting average that game and left multiple runners in scoring position.

The team turned their play around in the Saturday doubleheader with 7-6 and 4-0 wins, respectively. In the first game, the Mules found themselves down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second Katie McLaughlin ’17 hit a double that scored runner Emily Dougherty ’19 and sparked a comeback. Carly Swartz ’20 scored on an error by the Trinity catcher, Skylar Labbe ’18 singled in another run, Ella Hommeyer ’20 batted in a run off a ground out to second base, and Paige Hartnett ’19 finished the comeback when Labbe reached home off a Hartnett single. Hartnett had one of her best games at the plate. She finished the game batting three-for-three with one run and two RBIs. Holton pitched in relief of Julia Saul ’18 to earn the win.

Holton pitched again in the following game. She threw a full seven innings, giving up just two hits and no runs. Colby faced the same Trinity pitcher that shut them out on Friday. This time, the Mules capitalized on their scoring opportunities. Saul led a scoring charge in the fourth inning that resulted in four Colby runs. The Mules held off Trinity the rest of the game to win 4-0.

The team looked strong after their series win against Trinity, but their Sunday doubleheader against Brandeis ended the season on a sour note, losing 11-0 and 5-2, respectively. Saul held Brandeis to just three runs through five innings, but the Judges heated up in the top of the sixth. Colby gave up nine runs off eight hits and two errors. Their rough sixth inning and overall lack of offensive production led to the first blowout.

Colby improved in their second game but still came up short. Holton gave up 10 hits, tied for her third-highest of the season, and five total runs, her fourth highest. The team was luckier with batting in runs, but still could not get more than five hits and the Mules ended their season getting swept by Brandeis.

Despite the losses, the series was not all bad. Katie McLaughlin ’17 got her 100th hit in the first game of the Brandeis doubleheader. She finishes her career with 102 hits after her two in the second game.

McLaughlin, along with Tri-Captains Robin Spofford ’17 and Grace Farnkoff ’17, played in their final collegiate games this past weekend. The Mules will lose three of their top four players in hits and RBIs this year. Spofford and McLaughlin are the top two on the team in batting average as well.

Though the team will lose some of their best offensive weapons next season, they still maintain some key players. Current Tri-Captain Kathleen Mason ’18 will come back for her final year and the Mules will have all four of their pitchers return as well. With another year of experience for the underclassmen, there is reason to believe this team can continue to improve next season.