Boston, MA -- The Maine-Presque Isle Softball team made sure to pack their hitting shoes as they embarked on their spring road trip to the Mid-Atlantic states where they hope to play 16 games in a week and will travel more than 3,000 miles.
The Journey started Thursday evening in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology and despite an outstanding effort on the offensive side that saw the Owls batters hit .301 for the doubleheader and get on base at a 46% clip, Wentworth took advantage of a combined 9 unearned runs to sweep the doubleheader 8-7 and 17-6.
In game one, Maine-Presque Isle took a 5-3 lead in the fifth as sophomore Katie Patenaude had an RBI double, junior Whitney Donovan had an RBI groundout, and Patenaude would come around to score on an error. In the bottom of the inning Wentworth made it a 5-4 game, thanks to a leadoff double by junior Sam Curran, who went to third on a long flyout by Liz Glavin, and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Haylee Bacik.
The Owls scored twice in the sixth to make it a 7-4 game as senior Brittany Luetjen delivered a sacrifice fly and Patenaude had an RBI single, which scored sophomore Taylor Cochran.
Wentworth cut the lead to 7-5 in the home half of the sixth as Paige Mochi delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly, which scored junior Anne Harris. Harris had led off by reaching on an infield single, went to second on an error, and moved to third on a passed ball.
Sawyer led off the seventh with a single and went to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a wild pitch. Glavin would ground to second, scoring Sawyer to cut the lead to 7-6. Bacik singled and went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from junior Isabella Grassetti to tie the game. Grassetti, who took second on the play, would get caught in a rundown trying to steal third and would score the winning run when a throw went out of play.
Curran picked up her first win (1-2) as she allowed seven runs (two earned) on nine hits and struck out three. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate. Bacik was 2-for-2 with two RBI.
Presque Isle's ace Krista Coffin took the loss (0-2) as she allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits, and struck out four. Patenaude was 2-for-4 with two RBI while sophomore Amanda Allen and junior Allyson Pullen had two hits apiece.
Game two saw Wentworth take a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single from Glavin, which scored Sawyer and Curran. The Owls tied the game in the top of the second as Pullen delivered an RBI single and Donovan drew a bases-loaded walk.
However, in the home half of the second, Wentworth took the lead for good, scoring five times, keyed by a three-run home run from Bacik. After the Owls made it a 7-3 game on a Coffin single in the top of the fourth, Wentworth exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Owls would round out the scoring with three in the top of the fifth as Donovan had a two-run single and sophomore Shannon Brown had an RBI single.
Brown and Pullen had two hits apiece for Presque Isle, while Donovan drove in three runs. Freshman Kaitlyn Dow took the loss for the Owls (0-2).
The Blue & Gold will play three games against Fisher College Friday before traveling south to Virginia to continue the remainder of their spring swing.