G1 Score: Nyack 3, Jamestown 12
G2 Score: Nyack 1, Bemidji 2
Records: NC 0-2 | JC 2-4 | BSU 4-4
Location: Tucson, AZ
TUCSON, AZ - The Nyack College softball team opened its 2015 campaign with a 12-3 loss to Jamestown College followed by a close 2-1 edge by Bemidji State University at the Tucson Invitational Games. The Jimmies improve to 2-4 on the season while the Beavers stand at 4-4 and the Warriors drop to 0-2 overall.
How It Happened:
vs. JAMESTOWN (G1)
The Warriors announced their presence with authority as they scored in the opening frame of the first game of the season against the visiting Jimmies of Jamestown, North Dakota.
"It was text book softball," said first year Nyack Head Coach Kurt Ludwigsen. "We got the first runner on, bunted her over, and drove her in with a base hit." Shortstop Sinanaj (Tappan, NY) was the first player to cross the plate this season aided by freshman Land's (Keller, TX) sacrifice bunt and freshman Padilla's (Las Cruces, NM) 3-0 base hit. "To have these three girls, who weren't in a Nyack uniform last season come in and make contributions right away, it was a great lift to the team."
The second Nyack run of the game came courtesy of another new Warrior as catcher Morrison (Stanhope, NJ) hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field, scoring sophomore Manger (North Haledon, NJ).
"We played situational softball and took advantage of the opportunities." said Ludwigsen. Indeed, the final statistics revealed that in innings that the Warriors put a runner on base, a runner would cross the plate."
Unfortunately for the Warriors, the early and late scoring wasn't enough to overcome the middle inning successes of the Jimmies. "We gave them a few free passes on the bases through walks and that ended up coming back to haunt us." said Warrior pitching coach Kirsten Lambertson. "It takes some time to settle in, while the first game of the season didn't go our way, we have a lot to learn and build on for the future." Junior Yano (Blauvelt, NY) and Manger split the innings of Game 1 in the circle for the Warriors and each had to overcome first game struggles. Even through adversity, the Jimmies scored their fewest runs in the first and last innings of the game, offsetting the offensive attack of the Warriors.
vs. BEMIDJI (G2)
The Nyack Warriors and Bemidji Beavers were knotted 1-1 through four innings of the second game in Tucson, Arizona. A sacrifice fly by the Beavers in the late innings provided the margin of victory as the final score was 2-1.
"By the time she let go of the ball, it seemed like she was halfway to the plate," said freshman Triozzi (Branchburg,, NJ). The Warriors had a tough time adjusting throughout the game as there were 13 strikeouts of the 21 total outs. "Its tough to win a ballgame when the opposing defense only has to make 8 outs. In addition to the 13 strike outs, there were 5 fly balls for outs - leaving only 3 ground ball outs the Beavers had to convert.
"The real story of the game was the final inning" explained Head Coach Kurt Ludwigsen. "We had struggled with an inconsistent strike zone combined with one of the tallest pitchers that Nyack has ever faced in the circle." The final frame featured two base hits by Vasquez (Gilroy, CA) and pitch hitter Yano. With 2 outs and the tying and winning runs aboard in the bottom of the 7th, freshman Triozzi stepped up to the plate and looped a flair between short stop and left field.
As the runners rounded the bases on contact, the fielders collided as they converged on Triozzi's fly ball. A delayed call by the umpire confirmed that miraculously, the ball found its way into the left fielder's mitt as she laid on the ground post collision. Sophomore Manger come out on the short end of the decision after pitching a gem of a game in the circle and knocking in the Warriors single run of the game.
"We're shaking off ghosts from past seasons here in Tucson" said Coach Ludwigsen. "With each game, we're getting closer to the team we are now rather than the team we used to be."
Nyack will return to action tomorrow for day two at the Tucson Invitational Games with a rematch against Bemidji State, which is set for a 6pm start central time at the University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Softball complex. Visit the 2015 Warrior Softball Schedule for more info.