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Pomeroys Snag Two Victories in Day One of the SMWC Classic

Head Coach Mark Feller and Assistant Coach Mike Andrew address their pitcher and catcher in between innings of Saturday's contest vs. Iowa Wesleyan University.
Head Coach Mark Feller and Assistant Coach Mike Andrew address their pitcher and catcher in between innings of Saturday's contest vs. Iowa Wesleyan University.
Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods  College softball team played three games on Day One of the annual SMWC Softball Classic. The Pomeroys went 2-1 on the day as they beat Iowa Wesleyan University, lost to Cleary University, and then run-ruled Robert Morris-Springfield.


The Pomeroys defeated Iowa Wesleyan University 8-2 in game one of the SMWC Softball Classic. SMWC scored five runs in the third inning which the Tigers could not recover from the remainder of the contest. The Woods scored in the first inning after Kelsey Young brought in a walk which pushed one-run across home plate. In the third inning, SMWC pulled away for good with five runs when Malerie Higginbotham singled on a 1-0 count, which scored two runs. Then Taylor Andrew hit a base knock on a 2-2 count that added two more runs. Kelsey Young earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for the Woods. She went seven innings, allowed two runs, four hits, and struck out three batters. Julie Dodd took the loss for Iowa Wesleyan University. The Pomeroys totaled eight hits in the game while Hollie Jones, Higginbotham, and Kerri Schrock each collected multiple hits. Schrock, Higginbotham, and Jones each collected two hits apiece to lead the team.


SMWC squandered the lead late in a 3-2 loss to Cleary University in game two of the Classic. The game was tied at two with Cleary University batting in the top of the sixth when Kaitlin Dormire singled on a 1-2 count which scored one-run. The pitching was strong on both sides. Cleary University struck out five, while the Pomeroys sat down three. The Woods fired up the offense in the first inning when Kerri Schrock doubled on the first pitch of the at-bat to score one-run. coring one run. Riley Thomas was the winning pitcher for Cleary University. Taylor Andrew took the loss on the day. She lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and three runs, and struck out three. Hollie Jones went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead them and she hit her second home run of the season!


Kerri Schrock was an RBI machine on Saturday, she drove in four runs on two hits to lead SMWC. Schrock drove in runs on a double in the second and a home run in the fourth. Both offenses were potent at the plate as the Pomeroys collected ten hits and Robert Morris-Springfield nine in the high-powered offensive game. The Woods took an early lead in the first inning and then added four more runs in the second inning. Schrock doubled on a 2-2 count which two runs and then Taylor Andrew singled on the first pitch of the at-bat to score one run. The Wood scored eight runs in the fourth inning led by Chambers, Hollie Jones, Baylee Waters, and Schrock, who all drove in runs. Chambers was the winning pitcher for SMWC. She surrendered six runs, nine hits over five innings, and struck out four batters. SMWC racked up ten hits in the game.  


25 | The Pomeroys scored 25 runs in three games

10 | SMWC's pitching staff gave up 10 runs

2 | The Woods hit 2 home runs on the day (Hollie Jones, Kerri Schrock)


Hollie Jones said, "Today went pretty well. We strung our hits together to rack up some runs. Everyone seemed to be in the game and focused. Although it was cold we pulled through and scored early which helps set the tone of the game. I feel like our team hits better against faster pitching and having the momentum on the ball from the pitch also helps us hit the ball harder and farther. I absolutely felt like I hit nothing when I swung and hit the home run. It honestly never fails to make me happy and smile to come to home plate surrounded by the team! Shout out to my girl Kerri for hitting a homer too on the same day again."

Kerri Schrock said, “The weather was not ideal but we came through today with two wins. We knew Cleary would be a great game, it always is! I’m proud of how we handled ourselves and came back the next game to get a W. The last game I was upset that I was getting under the ball. I had to trust my hands. Once I trusted my hands, I hit the ball hard and over the fence. It was an amazing feeling."


The SMWC softball team will be back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m. The Pomeroys will face Robert Morris-Springfield and Cleary University on Day Two of the SMWC Softball Classic.

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