NORTHFIELD, Minn. – A pair of seventh-inning rallies resulted in a doubleheader split for Carleton College and Bethel University as the 2012 softball season came to an end. In the opener, Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) tossed a two-hitter, and the Knights scored the game’s lone run on a bases-loaded wild pitch. The nightcap was also tied heading into the final frame, but this time Bethel delivered a pair of clutch two-out hits and scored four times en route to an 8-4 victory in the season finale for both teams.
Game one was a fantastic pitcher’s duel between Yost and Bethel’s Genna Bock.
Angie Jackson opened the contest with a single to right field, but the Royals (16-24, 10-12 MIAC) managed only one more hit off Yost, a two-out single in the second. The Carleton righthander retired the next 15 batters before a fielding error snapped the streak in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Carleton had two golden opportunities to break through against Bock. In the fourth, the Knights (9-30, 6-16 MIAC) had runners on the corners with two out but came away empty-handed. In the sixth inning, the hosts had two aboard with one out, but a strikeout and a popout ended the threat.
Finally, in the seventh, Carleton broke the deadlock. With one out, Lindsay Szper (Fy./Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick School) singled to right center. She advanced 60 feet as Dana Mackey (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) beat out an infield single to the shortstop. Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) laid down a surprise bunt single to load the bases. With Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) at the plate, an outside pitch bounced away from the catcher and Szper slide home with the winning run.
Yost (3-3) did not walk a batter as she tossed her fourth career shutout. The loss eliminated Bethel from playoff contention.
Game two saw both sides push across three runs in a wild first inning, including a long two-run, two-out double by Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie). The Royals re-gained the lead with a tally in the second frame, but the Knights found the equalizer in the fifth.
Ramey led off with a double, stole third, but was tagged out at the plate when Parsons’ squeeze bunt stayed too close to home plate. Parsons, however, swiped second and came around on a single up the middle by Micaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family).
Jenny Forster (So./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) worked five scoreless frames out of the pen before running into trouble in the seventh. With two out and a runner aboard, she loaded the bases on a hit batter and a walk. Chelsey Falzone and Jessica Pudwill followed with consecutive two-run singles up the middle, making the final score 8-4.
Today marked the final games of the collegiate career for Mackey, the lone senior on the 16-player roster.