CLERMONT, FL - The Nyack College softball team took a break from the cold New York weather and headed south where they played games against Queens, Saint Thomas Aquinas (STAC), Bridgeport, Assumption, American International (AIC), and Bentley. The last two games on played on March 12th were with West Liberty and Tiffin.
The Nyack Warriors Softball team started their spring training on Saturday, March 8th, with two games against Queens College and St. Thomas Aquinas College.
In the first game, Nyack lost to Queens 14-1 in 5 innings, with Elaina Vasquez hitting a nice single. Kim Yano started pitching, with the Queens offense really picking up in the 2nd inning. Christine Kline came in to pitch relief, but the Queens offense stayed strong.
The second game proved a better match against STAC, and although Nyack lost 1-0, the Warriors had some good hits. Elaina Vasquez and Tesla Murillo had singles, and Kim Yano had a double. STAC only had 4 hits to Nyack's 3 hits, but their timeliness up at bat led to their victory over the Warriors. Christine Kline pitched the full game, with two strikeouts and a solid defense behind her.
The third game was against Bridgeport on Sunday was a 9 inning battle between the teams. Nyack had a total of 8 hits, and showed their fighting spirit by continually answering Bridgeport with more runs. Anna Shuman and Meghan Richards had two singles each for the game, and the other singles were hit by Tori Flemming, and Kelsey Lyons. In addition, Christine Kline and Kim Yano each hit doubles. Tori Flemming pitched the full game, and her defense helped keep the game close. Ultimately, at the end of 9 innings, Nyack lost 7-5.
The fourth game was against Assumption, and Nyack lost 9-1 in 5 innings. The only two hits for the day were by Kathleen McClain and Tesla Murillo, who each had singles. Kim Yano started the game on the mound, but was replaced by Christine Kline when Assumption's offense started picking up.
The fifth game was a close one against American International College. Ashley Manger started the game and quickly shut down AIC's offense. Kim Yano came in to pitch the 5th inning, giving up enough hits to give AIC the lead 2-0. The only Nyack hit came from Meghan Richards.
The sixth game was against Bentley, and Nyack lost 7-2. Nyack had a total of 3 hits, two coming from Anna Shuman and one coming from Elaina Vasquez. Kim Yano pitched the entire game, giving up 7 hits that contributed to Bentley's win over Nyack.
The seventh game was against West Liberty College, and was lost 8-0 in 5 innings. Anna Shuman had the only hit of the game but the Warriors also had more base runners from the three walks they had. Tori Flemming pitched the entire game.
The eighth and final game was against Tiffin, and Nyack lost 9-0. Christine Kline started the game pitching, but the Tiffin offense was strong from the start leading to a pitching change in the fourth inning to Tori Flemming. Offensively, Nyack did not have any hits for this game.
Overall, it was a learning experience for the team playing down in Florida. Many of the teams that Nyack played were elite, but the girls battled every game and were able to work out some kinks they had. The coaches are extremely confident in their talent level, it is just a matter of the girls showing it on the field.
Warrior Softball (0-8) are looking forward to starting their conference play this Saturday, March 15th, at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) double-headers are scheduled for a 12PM and 2PM start.