Softball Team Finishes 4th at Nationals
2015 NHTI Spring Softball Team
Front Row (left to right): Emma Gagnon, Masha Lange, Brenna Plankey, Megan Howard, Lindsey Hampson, Jenna Beaulieu. Back Row (left to right): Kerry Finnigan, Head Coach; Courtney Gilman, Stephanie Winsor, Joardyn Douillette, Tori Lemay, Kate Andritz, Alexis Lievens, Alyssa Brown, Michael Matineau, Manager; Stacy Seidner, Assistant Coach. Not Pictured: Alexandra Pellerin.
Game 1, Monday May 11: NHTI Shuts Out Brandywine
NHTI defeated PSU Brandywine 6-0 behind a 15 strikeout performance from USCAA All-American pitcher Tori Lemay (Manchester) in their first game of the USCAA World Series in Akron, OH.
The Lynx scored 3 runs in the second inning, capitalizing on timely hits and and 2 Lions errors. Jenna Beaulieu (Troy) and Alex Pellerin (Manchester) drove in Lynx runners to help NHTI take the early lead. In the sixth inning NHTI scored three more runs with key hits by USCAA All-American Masha Lange (Plaistow) and Pellerin, moving Lynx runners around the bases to increase the lead to 6-0.
Lemay was dominant from the mound, limiting PSU Brandywine to only 4 hits as the #6 seeded NHTI advanced, defeating the #3 Lions.
Game 2, Tuesday May 12, 4 pm: Carlow Outlasts NHTI 1-0
NHTI droped an extra-inning game in the USCAA World Series 1-0 to Carlow University (PA). Carlow scored on an infield hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to break up a scoreless tie. NHTI star pitcher Tori Lemay struck out 4 batters and allowed only 6 hits in the loss.
This is NHTI’s first loss of the spring season (23-3).
Game 3, Tuesday May 12, 8 pm: NHTI Defeats PSU Hazelton 8-3
NHTI defeated PSU Hazleton 8-3 behind a 13 hit performance to advance to play again on Wednesday in the double elimination USCAA national softball championships.
USCAA All-AMerican Masha Lange led the way with a 4-4 performance with 2 runs scored and 2 rbi's, including a double and triple. Teammates Kate Andritz (Stark) and Lindsay Hampson (Manchester) had 2 hits and 3 hits respectively to help the Lynx advance.
Hampson and Tori Lemay combined to spread out 7 hits in the victory, striking out 8 PSU Hazleton batters.
Game 4, Wednesday May 14: NHTI Closes Out Season Losing to Berea 9-2
NHTI lost 9-2 to Berea College (Kentucky) in their final game in the USCAA National Championships.
NHTI jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a double by Alex Pellerin, scoring Kate Andritz (Stark) who singled to start the Lynx rally. Berea countered with two runs in the top of the second inning and another in the top of the third inning for a 3-1 lead. USCAA All-American Masha Lange homered in the third inning to make the score 3-2.
Berea College created some space in a tight game in the top of the 4th, scoring 4 runs, and added 2 more in the top of the seventh to create the final score.
USCAA All-American pitcher Tori Lemay struck out 8 batters and gave up 11 hits, but 3 Lynx errors with runners on base came back to haunt the # 6 seed Lynx. Pellerin had two hits on the day to lead the Lynx offensively. The Lynx had 6 hits but left 9 runners on base to thwart their chances to win the game.
The Lynx (24-4) close out a very successful season, capturing the YSCC spring title and a fourth place finish at the USCAA national tournament.
Two NHTI softball players were honored at the USCAA All-American Softball Banquet in Canton, OH on Monday May 11. Star pitcher Tori Lemay (Manchester, left) and Masha Lange (Plaistow, right) were honored as first team USCAA softball players. Lemay was also recognized as an USCAA All-Academic.
NHTI recently captured the YSCC spring championship defeating the College of St. Joseph’s 1-0 behind a 15 strikeout performance from Lemay. Lemay has been a consistent performer for the Lynx for the past two years and was named the YSCC Tournament MVP for her performance.
Lange is batting .705 for the spring with 10 home runs and 42 rbi’s. A speedy and versatile player, Lange can play center field or shortstop. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the YSCC Tournament.