By Colton Hall
Occasionally, a team just gets hot.
It’s safe to say that the Presentation College softball team got hot in game one with a 3-0 win over a North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference opponent Dickinson State University at the PC dome Wednesday.
Cortni Mendoza got the Saints rolling with a single on the first at-bat. Mendoza would steal a base before Cherie Malacas hit a sacrifice bunt which sent Mendoza to third.
Krystle Schweers, the senior from Perryville, Maryland did what she had to do like the Saints next batter.
Schweers bunted, sending Mendoza home, while also getting to first base off the hit.
“That was absolutely huge,” head softball coach Mari Cerenio-Jordan said after the game. “When you go to steal to a sacrifice bunt by Malacas, and you’re able to run a squeeze with Schweers, that’s huge. That girl (Schweers) is a textbook squeezer. She can put down the squeeze almost any time you put her in that situation whether she’s on third or at the plate. She’s someone that you can always count on in that situation.”
Both teams would trade zeros for most of the game until the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Malacas singled after Mendoza hit a ground out. Holding a 1-0 lead, something had to happen for PC to hold the lead.
That’s when Sierra Kilmer showed up.
Kilmer hit a home run that sent in Malacas and her self in. Kilmer would finish her day going 1-for-3 from the plate with a home run, and two RBI.
“You come into the seventh inning, you don’t just want one run on the board,” Cerenio-Jordan said. You want a little bit of insurance, and a little bit of cushion just to make yourself feel more comfortable. She’s had that had two long fly-outs at the fence back-to-back. It was time for a home run, she was do.”
Bibiana Villeda led a Saints pitching attack that pitched its first shutout of the season. Villeda allowed only five hits and struck out two batters.
“Bibi has been working hard all season long. For us to see that pay off was huge. Our bats, and our defense held through. She held strong as a pitcher, and to have that all put together for a shutout is incredible.”
In game two, the Saints (3-27; 2-12 in NSAA) couldn’t get anything going and ended up falling 13-0, but that didn’t take away from the win in game one.
“The win is huge,” said. For us to be able to take that caliber of win on a team like Dickinson is big. Hats off to them as well. They an incredible team this year. They always have solid defense, good at-bats, and they’ve got good pitching. For us to be able to come out and compete with them and get them in a shutout 3-0 that’s absolutely incredible. My hope is that we’re just going to keep riding that high, and keep that confidence and that belief in ourselves and keep going up from here.”
Though the Saints earned their third win and first shutout of the season, there’s still work to do.
“One of our seniors said something that was pretty impressive and on the point” They just reiterated that you don’t want to be content with one win, you want to take two. We could have made adjustments. Whether it was some adjustments at the plate or wherever, but at the end of the day we were more than capable of taking two games in a row. It’s keeping that mindset to stay hungry, don’t be content, and let’s go get games.”
The Saints will be back in action Saturday, April 13th when they face off against Dakota State University in a two-day doubleheader at the PC dome. Game one starts at 8 pm.
Presentation College 3
Dickinson State University 0
PC 000 003; 0 – 3 5 1
VU 000 000; 0 – 0 5 0
PC, Bibiana Villeda (7) DSU, Abi Brooks.
HR: Sierra Kilmer
Presentation College 0
Dickinson State 13 [5 Innings]
PC 000 00; 0 – 3 5 1
VU 140 53; 0 – 0 2 5
PC, Bibiana Villeda (3.1), Darrian Gibson (1.2); DSU, Jaya Allen (5)
2B: PC, Jadwyn Parrish; DSU, Claire Shoffit.