Berghela paces offense on day one of Florida trip, but MCLA drops pair of games to UMB and WNE

Berghela paces offense on day one of Florida trip, but MCLA drops pair of games to UMB and WNE

Leesburg, FL- The MCLA softball team began their 2017 season this afternoon with a pair of games in the PFX games in Leesburg, FL.  The Trailblazers dropped the opener to UMass Boston 5-4 before falling to Western New England 8-5 in the nightcap. 

In the opener, UMass Boston (7-1) jumped ahead 3-0 against MCLA starter Morgan Watson.  The Beacons plated an unearned run in the first inning and added two more in the fourth to take the 3-0 advantage.  MCLA would battle back with two runs in the bottom of the frame as the Trailblazers took advantage of a Beacon miscue and Alex Romano had an RBI single to make it 3-2.

The Trailblazers would tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth when Katelyn Berghela had an infield single, promptly advanced to third on a wild pitch and an error, and later scored on Watson's single.

The Beacons would tally twice in top of the seventh however, as Roxanne Vento drilled a double to right field and another run scored on An Bilotta's single making it 5-3 heading to the bottom half.  MCLA wouldn't go quietly as freshman Erika Quackenbush would belt a towering home run to left center making it a one run game, however UMB would get the final out to provide the final score. 

Watson took the loss going 6 innings and allowing four runs, but just one earned in her debut.  She helped her cause by going 2-3 at the plate in the opener.

In the nightcap against the Golden Bears (7-1), WNE scored three times in the first inning to take control.  Corianna DeLisi led off with a homer to center field and WNE scored two more runs off Trailblazer starter Kara Adams to take an early 3-0 advantage.

MCLA got a run back in the fourth inning when Quackenbush would steal home making it 3-1 in favor of WNE.  The Golden Bears broke the game open by scoring two runs in the fifth to make it 5-1, and three more times in the sixth for an 8-1 advantage before the MCLA bats woke up.

In the sixth inning, the Trailblazers would score four times on three hits.  The key blow was a two run double from Berghela that closed the gap to 8-5, but MCLA couldn't muster any more runs.

Adams was tabbed with the loss going 3.2 innings allowing 5 runs (3 earned) and 5 walks.  Berghela paced the offense with three hits and a pair of RBI's.

The Trailblazers are back in action tomorrow when they challenge Ripon and Scranton starting at 1:00pm.