Scots Sweep Senior Day

Scots Sweep Senior Day

Career of Goodloe Celebrated

MARYVILLE – That is how you bounce back and celebrate your senior!

Maryville gave Amaya Goodloe a Senior Day to remember with pair of wins, 8-1 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2, over Huntingdon in the regular-season finale.

The Scots split the season series 2-2 with the Hawks. The visiting team took two USA South tilts yesterday, while MC won the non-conference battles today.

Game 1: Maryville 8, Huntingdon 1

Both teams had RBI singles in the first inning to get the day going. The Maryville single came courtesy of Emily Hill.

The second and the third innings went by with no runs scoring. Huntingdon was held hitless over those two frames while the Scots had one hit in each of the two innings.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Maryville got off to a slow start before the team blew things open.

A ground out and a fly out sent Kaliyah Hensic to the plate facing two outs. Hensic hit a double to center field which broke the seal off the Scots' offense. Annie Fowler was at bat next and hit a single that moved Hensic to third.

Courtney Deck came in to pinch run for Fowler and made an impact stealing a base. Goodloe hit a single next and sent two runners home. After an error, a Kaitlin Woodruff single brought home Goodloe. Another HC miscue after the RBI single loaded the bases. Hill was at bat next and hit a three-RBI double to deep center field to push the lead to 7-1.

The six-run inning turned the tables on the Hawks, who had a six-run inning in the second of yesterday's games. According to Maryville head coach Leah Kelley, the MC surge was all about getting the team to show up with the right attitude.

"After yesterday's game, I challenged the team to put all the puzzle pieces together," said Kelley. "What we have been missing is energy, fight, and grit. I asked them to do it for Amaya and they did. We showed those attributes all day, which is very impressive."

One more run crossed home in the game and it was for the Scots. Hensic led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left field. The Hawks went three up and three down in the final two innings of the opening game.

Megan Ackerman picked up her 13th pitching win for Maryville. Ackerman allowed just one run on four hits. She struck out two batters and walked none in the victory.

Hensic was a perfect 3-for-3 in the batter's box with one RBI and two runs scored. The sophomore hit her third home run of the season and also had a double. Hill had a game-high four RBIs and notched a double. 

Game 2: Maryville 3, Huntingdon 1

Game 2 brought less scoring than the Sunday opener, but the hits kept coming for the Scots. A total of 10 hits came off the MC bats.

Four batters came up for both teams in the first, but no hits were registered. Maryville notched two hits in the bottom of the second frame thanks to singles from Micayla Clark and Brecca Williams.

The first run for the Scots was also the first one of the game. After a single and a fielder's choice, Campbell White was the lone MC runner on base. White stole second and Hill singles to put White in scoring position. Clark hit a single up the middle and brought White home.

Huntingdon tied the game up in the top of the fourth with an RBI single.

Maryville came rushing right back in the fifth frame to take the lead for good. Sarah Koonce walked following a ground out that opened the inning. Hill was next in the batter's box and tripled to right center, scoring a run. A line out gave the Scots two outs, but Williams was able to tally one more run in the game on an RBI double.

"You never know when it will finally click for a team," said Kelley. "You have a season of highs and lows and you never know when you put the pieces together. Today it clicked which was very important. It helps us see how we play best and how to keep it up moving forward."

Hill, Clark, and Williams each went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Williams had the only double in the game while Hill added the only triple. Both White and Goodloe stole one base in the contest.

Macee Shults had a career day in the circle for Maryville. The freshman pitched the first complete game in her collegiate career and allowed only one run. Shults pitched for a career-high seven full innings and threw 59 strikes over the course of the contest.

Senior Day

Between games, the Scots celebrated Amaya Goodloe and her four years with the program. Goodloe is the lone senior on this year's Maryville team.

Coach Kelley said the fact it was Senior Day motivated her squad.

"I asked the team after the game what had changed from yesterday to today and they said it was about playing for Amaya," Kelley said. "They wanted to get her two wins on her senior day so she would always have that memory. It is their goal to keep fighting and giving her more games to play."

On to the Postseason

The Scots finish the regular season with a 21-17 mark and a 10-6 record in USA South action. The 21 wins mark the first time MC has notched 20-plus wins since 2019. This season also marks the first 10-plus league mark for Maryville since 2019. 

The postseason begins tomorrow for the Scots. Maryville hosts Wesleyan in the USA South West Division Tournament Play-In game tomorrow at 5 p.m. The winner of that game will travel to face East No. 1 seed Pfeiffer in Bracket 1.

"We are going to keep this energy and fight up and look to move forward one game at a time," concluded Kelley.