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Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:11 pm
by Tom Nolette
WHITINGHAM, VT - Thomas freshman first baseman Taylor M. Johnson has been named the North Atlantic Conference Softball Rookie of the Week for her play during last week's action in games from April 20 through April 26.

Johnson went 9-for-22 (.409) at the plate this week, with three doubles, five runs scored, five RBI, and one stolen base.

The rookie recorded two multi-hit games and hit safely in seven of Thomas' eight games on the week as the Terriers won six of eight. Johnson had back to back two-RBI games against Fisher College on Sunday.

For the season, the Skowhegan native is batting .292 (21-for-72) with six doubles, 15 RBI's and n

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:28 am
by Tom Nolette
Thomas Defeated by Bates in Doubleheader

LEWISTON, ME - The Thomas softball lost a pair of non-conference games to Bates College on Tuesday afternoon, getting edged 1-0 in the first game before a 13-0 defeat in five innings in game two.

The Terriers drop to 12-21 overall on the season, while the Bobcats improve to 14-20.


Both teams managed just two hits each, but a solo homerun by Karen Lockhart in the bottom of the first propelled Bates to a 1-0 win over Thomas in game one of doubleheader.

Sonja Morse had a quality start on the mound, yielding just two hits and one earned run while striking out nine in six innings of work. Brenna Callahan of Bates also went the complete game, giving up just two hits and zero runs along with eight strikeouts.

Alyssa Eugley reached in the first inning after drawing a walk and stealing second, but was stranded. The Terriers had another opportunity in the fourth inning, as Korrie Laren and Jordan Agger-Barnes picked up back to back hits. They were left stranded after a fielder's choice and a strikeout got the Bobcats out of the inning.


Kelsey Freedman allowed just one hit and struck out four as Bates took down Thomas 13-0 in five innings in the second game to complete the doubleheader sweep.

The Terriers struggled to reach base, as just two runners reach all game and none in scoring position. Alyssa Eugley collected the lone Terrier hit on a single in the fourth, while Taylor M. Johnson drew a walk to reach in the second.

Faith Robinson took the loss on the mound for Thomas, going three innings with two strikeouts.

The Terriers will close out the regular season tomorrow, April 29 as they travel to Johnson State to take on the Badgers in a conference doubleheader. First game is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM.

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 11:46 am
by Tom Nolette
Terriers Earn Sweep of Badgers in Regular Season Finale

JOHNSON, VT - The Thomas softball team swept Johnson State in their regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader. The Terriers won game one 3-2 in 10 innings, and won game two 18-3 in just five innings.

Thomas finishes out the regular season with an overall record of 14-21, while finishing in third place in the conference with an 8-4 mark. Johnson drops to 8-14 and 3-9 in conference and will miss the post-season.


The Terriers received a strong pitching outing from Sonja Morse as it took extra innings to defeat the Badgers 3-2 in the first game of the doubleheader.

Thomas scored the game's first run in the second inning, Emily McKenney grounded out but drove home Korrie Laren on the play. The Terriers kept the 1-0 advantage until the bottom of the seventh. Sarah Voorhis singled to bring Anna Bingham home to tie the game. With the run, the two teams headed into extra innings.

The Terriers saw Briana Warren come home after a Johnson error to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning. But the Badgers came back and answered the Terriers' run with their own when Kristy McDonnell singled to bring Jennie Moore home, tying the game 2-2.

In the top of the 10th, Thomas scored off of another glove error by the Badgers when Jordan Agger-Barnes came around to break tie once again. Morse silenced Johnson's bats in the bottom of the thre inning to take the 3-2 win.

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 10:21 am
by Tom Nolette
Thomas Eliminates Top-Seed Castleton to Stay Alive in NAC Tourney

CASTLETON, VT – The Thomas softball team has advanced to the second day of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament. The third-seeded Terriers (15-22) fell in their first game against second-seeded Husson 3-1, but rebounded to remain alive and eliminate top-seeded Castleton 5-1.


Thomas struck first but Husson took back the lead on a Sami Schultz home run to earn a 3-1 victory over the Terriers in the second game of the NAC Tournament.

Husson (24-11) starter Kayla Merrill allowed just four hits all afternoon in securing her 13th win of the year. She did give up a solo home run but struck out four. Schultz went yard and Casey Lopes finished 3-for-4 to pace the offense.

For Thomas, Sonja Morse was saddled with the loss as she gave up nine hits and three earned runs in six innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Taylor M. Johnson finished with two of the team's four hits.

The Terriers opened the scoring in the top of the first as Alyssa Eugley hit a solo home run over the fence in left field for the 1-0 lead. It was Eugley's third home run of the season.

Morse kept Husson off the board until the bottom of the third. Lyndsay Merrill singled with one out and Casey Lopes followed with a double down the left field line. Following a foul out, Sami Schultz launched a ball over the left field fence to put the Eagles in front 3-1. Morse then gave up consecutive singles before a strikeout ended the frame.

Thomas threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Brianna Warren ripped a one-out double off third base and down the left field line. However, Merrill induced back-to-back pop-ups to get out of the inning. She then took care of the Terriers in the seventh to secure the win.


Thomas erupted for a five-run fourth to secure a 5-1 victory in a NAC Tournament elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field.

Sonja Morse picked up her eight win of the season after pitching a complete game with just one earned run along with six strikeouts. Taylor Paquette suffered her fourth loss of the season after giving up five runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings of work, while Katie Gagne and Kayla Wood combined to toss 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Jordan Agger-Barnes went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles, and Morse added a solo home run that got the five-run fourth started. Chelsea Grady and Kristi Lawless led the Castleton attack with two hits apiece, whereas Gagne went 1-for-2 with a solo home run.

Neither team was able to get anything going until the bottom of the fourth inning when Thomas' bats came alive with four hits and five runs to take a five-run lead.

Morse began the scoring with a solo shot to left field before Korrie Laren and Agger-Barnes hit back-to-back singles. Emily McKenney was walked later in the frame to load the bases, and Taylor M. Johnson followed with a bases loaded walk to plate the second run of the afternoon.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Lindsy Hoopingarner came through in the clutch with a shot to the shortstop that plated another run, and in the next at-bat, Briana Warren capped off the scoring with a two-run double through the right side to put the Terriers ahead 5-0.

The Spartans got one back in the top half of the fifth, as Gagne smashed her fourth home run of the season to straightaway center field to close the gap back to four.

However, Castleton was unable to complete the comeback, as Morse closed out the game with a pair of shutout innings to secure a 5-1 Thomas victory and eliminate the Spartans from tournament play.

With the loss, the No. 1 seed Spartans are eliminated from the tournament and finish their season at 19-12. Thomas stays alive with the win and will face the loser of game four (Husson vs. New England College) tomorrow at noon.

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 4:43 am
by Tom Nolette
Terriers Fall in NAC Title Game to Finish as Conference Runner-Up

CASTLETON, VT – The Thomas softball team fell just short in the North Atlantic Conference Championship game to finish as the conference runner-up. The Terriers eliminated the New England College Pilgrims with a 9-0 win in six innings to advance into the title game, where they were edged out 1-0 by Husson University on a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 7th.


Thomas advanced to the championship round of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with a 9-0 victory over New England College at Spartan Field this afternoon.

The Pilgrims were eliminated from tournament play and finished their season at 18-18 overall.

Sonja Morse was in outstanding form for Thomas, as she tossed a complete game shutout with four strikeouts and just four hits allowed to pick up her ninth win of the season. Her counterpart, Debra Mazzeo, took the loss after allowing nine runs in six innings of work.

Korrie Laren had a stellar day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI's and three runs scored. Taylor M. Johnson added two RBI's of her own, while Alyssa Eugley was 1-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. For New England College, Maranda Johnson led the attack with two hits followed by Alyssa Krause and Rachel Kerrigan, who added one hit apiece.

The Terriers wasted little time to take lead, as they produced two runs in the top of the first to jump in front of the Pilgrims. After back-to-back outs to start the frame, Eugley walked and in the next at-bat, Laren hit the first of her two homers on the day to give Thomas a 2-0 lead.

After settling down, Mazzeo and Morse matched each other pitch-for-pitch with three scoreless frames until the top of the fifth when Thomas manufactured three runs to go ahead by five. With two outs, Laren singled before Jordan Agger-Barnes moved her to third with a double to left center. Taylor M. Johnson followed with a bases-clearing two-bagger into the right field gap to give the Terriers a 5-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Eugley added a two-run double and Laren smashed her second homer of the game, a three-run shot down the left field line. Morse pitched a scoreless bottom half of the frame to secure a 9-0 Thomas victory.


With two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Haley Spiers came up big for Husson with a walk-off single through the left side of the infield to secure the Eagles' seventh straight North Atlantic Conference Championship with a 1-0 victory over Thomas on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field.

Husson completed a perfect run through the tournament, as it knocked off the Terriers twice and New England College to improve to 26-11 overall and clinch an automatic berth in the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament.

Neither team was able to really get their bats going, as the squads combined to produce just nine hits, with four of them coming in the last half inning of play. Sami Schultz led Husson with two hits on the day while Sonja Morse, Taylor M. Johnson and Korrie Laren recorded one hit apiece for the Terriers.

Morse was once again impressive on the mound, tossing 6.2 innings of one-run softball in the losing effort. Kayla Merrill improved to 15-4 on the season after tossing a complete game shutout for Husson.

After six innings of scoreless softball, the Eagle bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Casey Lopes and Deb Colpitts hit back-to-back singles to put two on for Schultz, and the junior came through with a single through the left side of the infield that seemingly was going to plate the game-winning run.

However, Thomas' Brianna Warren nailed the runner at the plate with a line drive throw from left to maintain the scoreless affair.

Morse needed one more out to get Thomas out of the jam, but Husson wouldn't give in, and with runners on second and third and two outs, Spiers lined the ball through the left side of the infield to plate Debbie Wright and hand the second-seeded Eagles the 2015 NAC Championship.

The Terriers end their 2015 season as the conference runner-up and with an overall record of 16-23. Alyssa Eugley, Sonja Morse and Lindsy Hoopingarner were all named to the NAC All-Tournament team.

NAC All-Tournament Team
Sami Schultz – Husson (MVP)
Casey Lopes – Husson
Kayla Merrill – Husson
Lindsy Hoopingarner – Thomas
Alyssa Eugley – Thomas
Sonja Morse – Thomas
Alyssa Krause – New England College
Rebecca Allen – New England College
Kayla Wood – Castleton
Kristi Lawless – Castleton

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 7:22 am
by Tom Nolette
Eugley and Morse Named to All-Conference Teams

WHITINGHAM, VT - The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) has announced the 2015 season awards for softball and two Terriers have been recognized.

Senior shortstop/centerfielder Alyssa Eugley has been named to the All-Conference First Team while sophomore pitcher/shortstop Sonja Morse has been named to the All-Conference Second Team.

This is the third consecutive year on the All-Conference team for Eugley, and her second in a row on the First Team. The senior captain helped lead the Terriers to a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Eugley finished the season with a .288 batting average, collecting 32 hits with eight doubles, one triple and three homeruns. Eugley also finished tied for second in the conference in stolen bases with 10 and lead the conference in walks drawn with 16.

Morse makes her first appearance on the All-Conference team in her first year with the Terriers. The sophomore finished in the top 10 in the conference in all major pitching categories, as she made 18 starts on the season, recording 15 complete game with nine wins, 109 strikeouts and a 3.36 ERA in 114.2 innings pitched. As a batter, Morse had a .291 average, compiling 30 hits with four doubles, two homers, 22 runs scored and 13 RBI's.


Husson senior pitcher Kayla Merrill (Bethel, Maine) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, while New England College freshman outfielder Shawnie Clark (Holden, Mass.) earned the Rookie of the Year honor to headline the 2015 All-Conference announcement. Castleton head coach Eric Ramey was named Coach of the Year and the Johnson State Badgers were voted to receive the Team Sportsmanship Award.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Joining K. Merrill on the All-Conference First Team were Eagle teammates sophomore catcher Casey Lopes (New Bedford, Mass.), junior shortstop Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, Maine), and senior outfielder Deb Colpitts (Levant, Maine), Castleton junior shortstop Jessica Babcock (Fairfax, Vt.), junior third base Brittany Brayman (Hartford, N.Y.), and sophomore pitcher Kayla Wood (Dummerston, Vt.), New England College junior outfielder Kiley Williams (Salem, Utah), and Thomas senior outfielder/shortstop Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, Maine).

Second team selections included Clark, Castleton senior second base Kayla Daigle (Biddeford, Maine) and sophomore first base Katie Gagne (Highgate, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington junior catcher Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine), Husson sophomore second base Nicole Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.), Johnson State sophomore shortstop Anna Bingham (Island Pond, Vt.) and junior pitcher Andrea Williams (Thorburn, Nova Scotia), Lyndon sophomore second base Dakota Crane (Central, S.C.), and Thomas sophomore pitcher/shortstop Sonja Morse (South China, Maine).

2015 Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team
C - Casey Lopes, Sophomore, Husson
SS - Jessica Babcock, Junior, Castleton
3B - Brittany Brayman, Junior, Castleton
SS - Lyndsay Merrill, Junior, Husson
OF - Deb Colpitts, Senior, Husson
OF/SS- Alyssa Eugley, Senior, Thomas
OF - Kiley Williams, Junior, New England College
P - Kayla Merrill, Senior, Husson
P - Kayla Wood, Sophomore, Castleton

Second Team
2B - Nicole Andrade, Sophomore, Husson
SS - Anna Bingham, Sophomore, Johnson State
C - Meryl Bond, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Shawnie Clark, Freshman, New England College
2B - Dakota Crane, Sophomore, Lyndon
2B - Kayla Daigle, Senior, Castleton
1B - Katie Gagne, Sophomore, Castleton
P/SS - Sonja Morse, Sophomore, Thomas
P - Andrea Williams, Junior, Johnson State

Player & Pitcher of the Year - Kayla Merrill, Husson
Rookie of the Year - Shawnie Clark, New England College
Coach of the Year - Eric Ramey, Castleton
Team Sportsmanship - Johnson State

Re: Softball 2015: Thomas College

PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 7:22 am
by Tom Nolette
Three Terriers Named NAC Rookies of the Week

WHITINGHAM, VT - Three Terrier athletes were named North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week for their performances in last week's action in games from April 27 through May 3.

Michael De Los Santos was named the NAC Baseball Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. De Los Santos put together a tremendous tournament weekend for the Terriers, going 9-for-15 (.600) with six runs scored, three RBI and three walks.

The third baseman's best performance came in the Terriers opening win over Husson, as he went 4-for-4 with five runs scored, one walk and one RBI. De Los Santos was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team as Thomas finished as the runner-up.

For the season, the freshman from Robstown, Texas finished with a .333 batting average, collecting 41 hits in 123 at bats, along with five doubles, one triple, 19 runs scored, 14 RBI's and 13 walks.

Jordan Agger-Barnes was named the NAC Softball Rookie of the Week for the first time this year. Agger-Barnes helped her team post a .500 record in eight games last week. The rookie recorded six hits including one double and one homerun, while scoring five runs and earning two RBI.

The infielder recorded two runs and one double during the NAC Championship Tournament, as the Terriers played in the 2015 title game. For the season, the freshman from Wells, Maine batted .229 (22-for-96) with seven doubles, one home run, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI's.

Samantha Greenlaw was named the NAC Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the first time this year. Greenlaw scored recorded two big goals to help the No. 2 seeded Terriers earn a semifinal win. Against third-seeded Colby-Sawyer, the rookie scored a goal with 7:32 remaining in the first half to put Thomas up 5-2.

The forward then netted one goal in the second half to put the Terriers up 8-6 in the eventual 9-7 win in the NAC Semifinals. For the season, the freshman from Windham, Maine started all 12 games and recorded 16 goals and three assists for 19 points, while going 6-for-13 from the free position and picking up 11 ground balls.