Softball Sweeps Trine, Earns Chance To Play For MIAA Championship Saturday

The Hope College softball team did not waste the opportunity to play for a league championship this weekend.

The Flying Dutch scored early and often on Wednesday against ninth-ranked Trine and powered their way to a 3-0 and 14-5 sweep at Wolters Stadium.

Hope (23-11 overall) move into sole possession of second place in the MIAA with an 11-3 league record. The Flying Dutch host first-place Alma (13-1) for a 1 p.m. Senior Day doubleheader on Saturday.

If Hope takes two from 23rd-ranked Alma, the Flying Dutch will earn a share of the regular-season title and clinch the top seed for next week's MIAA Tournament.

Against Trine, Hope scored in the first three innings both ends of the doubleheader.

In Game 1, second baseman Sierra Mutschler of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS) drove home centerfielder Sammi Adams of Griffith, Indiana (Griffith) in the first and three innings with singles.

In between, first baseman Sarah Jones of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores) led off the inning with a single and later scored on a throwing error following her steal of third base.

The run support was more than enough for starting pitcher Sydney Jones, who equaled Kelsey Guisbert's 2005 school record with her ninth shutout of the season.

The junior from South Lyon, Michigan (East) struck out 14 for ther 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season. Jones (13-4) allowed two hits and walked two batters.

In Game 2, Hope struck for two runs in the top of the first, then overcame a four-run Trine half of the inning with two more runs in the second and seven in the third.

The Flying Dutch sent 13 batters to the plate during the third inning. Six different Hope players collected RBIs during the rally, including shortstop Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer) with a two-run single.

Adams went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead a 15-hit attack.

Pinhey also collected three RBis after going 2-for-5 with one run scored.

Righfielder Amanda Diaz of Round Lake, Illinois (Mundelein) also contributed three RBIs while going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Reliever Tena Baar of Byron Center, Michigan (Byron Center) tossed 4 ⅔ innings of one-run relief in the five-inning game. Baar (2-3) struck out four. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422