Liggett junior Emma Nicholas ranges to her left to snag a ball with junior Lea Evangelista racing in from center field during the Knights’ quarterfi nal win over Concord. photo by Renato Jamett.
June 20, 2013University Liggett girls' softball team ended its dream season last weekend, falling 8-6 to Ubly in a Division 4 semifinal at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.
"This was our second worst game we played this season," head coach Ted Alpert said. "We played hard, but we were snake bit. We couldn't catch a break and defensively we weren't sharp."
The Knights took a 1-0 lead with a run in the second inning, but Ubly put four runs on the board in the third to take the lead for good.
"We had our chances and the girls never quit, but we just couldn't get it done when we needed it," Alpert said. "It's a disappointing loss, but I'm proud of our seniors for putting in a lot of time and hard work during their four years to get this program to this point.
"It's up to our returning girls to take the lead. It's their team, now."
Senior Amber Baldwin was 2-for-3 with two runs, one RBI, one walk and one home run, while senior Julia DeRoo was 3-for-4 with a couple of run-scoring singles.
Junior Lea Evangelista was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, one walk and two stolen bases, and junior Emma Nicholas was 0-for-2 with one run, two walks and a stolen base.
Freshman Anna Majewski was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, and sophomore Kacie Wuthrich was 0-for-1 with a run, three walks and a stolen base.
The Knights' offense did everything it could to stay in the game. They had nine hits, walked seven times and stole bases at will.
However, five fielding errors allowed Ubly to prolong innings and add to its 12-hit attack.
Senior Ashley Tengler suffered the loss, giving up 12 hits, with three strikeouts, in seven innings on the mound. The errors didn't help as most of Ubly's runs were unearned.
In the quarterfinals, Liggett crushed Concord 11-1 as Tengler pitched seven innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts.
Offensively, sophomore Taylor Slayton was 3-for-3 with two runs and two walks, while senior Courtney Slabaugh (one run and two RBIs) and freshman Emily Kanakry (one run and one RBI) were each 2-for-4.
Baldwin, DeRoo, Nicholas and Evangelista each had one hit, while Nicholas drove in four runs with a grand slam in the game played at Adrian College.
Liggett ended one of its best seasons in program history 27-5.
Alpert loses Slabaugh, Tengler, Libby Stallings, DeRoo, Baldwin and Emma Bandos to graduation.
Returning are Evangelista, Nicholas, Majewski, Slayton, Zarine Minwalla, Wuthrich, Kayla Strong, Lucy Mott and Kanakry.