College of St. Joseph's softball team traveled to South Portland over the weekend to face off against Great Bay Community College and New Hampshire Technical Institute. The Fighting Saints went 1-1 on Saturday, Sept. 23, defeating GBCC 9-3 and falling to NHTI 6-5.
Jillian Beayon pitched her first game in over a year, and picked up her first collegiate win in the Saints' victory over the Herons. CSJ found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first inning, but a Timell Montgomery triple sent Jenna Crowley and Shelby Fenton across home plate for a 2-1 lead. Katie Jenkins then grounded out to shortstop, but sent Montgomery home in the process for a 3-1 lead coming out of the second inning.
The Fighting Saints then scored three runs in the fifth inning to make the game 6-1. In the sixth, SMCC's Makayla Herget hit two runners home. CSJ closed out the inning by scoring another three runs for a 9-3 end result.
Fenton and Crowley finished the game with three hits a piece. Lena Tirotta recorded two hits and two RBIs. Montgomery and Jenkins also finished with two RBIs.
In the Saints' game against NHTI, McKenzie Ebert took the loss on the mound. Scoring was back-and-forth, with each team totaling 10 or more hits.
CSJ scored first, in the second inning, when Ashley Vasas executed a sacrifice bunt to send Timell Montgomery home after she hit a double. In the third inning, Vanessa Quigley scored off a Jenna Crowley single to right field, putting the Saints ahead 2-0.
The Lynx rallied in the fourth inning, scoring six runs to make the game 6-2. The Saints battled back, with the help of a double, home run and two RBIs by Lena Tirotta, but were unable to complete the comeback victory.
Tirotta, Quigley and Arielys Rodriguez led CSJ's offense with two hits each.
The Saints are on the road again next weekend when they participate in a tournament hosted by Great Bay in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday, Sept. 30.