Scots Halted in USA South Tourney

Scots Halted in USA South Tourney

Red-Hot Wesleyan Blanks Maryville 4-0

Photo by Wallace Bowden

MARYVILLE – Ever since Maryville thumped Wesleyan 8-0 and 8-0 just 15 days ago, the Wolves have been a different animal.

Wesleyan made it nine wins in the 11 games since that doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout victory Monday night over Maryville. The loss for the Scots in the 2022 USA South Softball Tournament Play-In Game ends their season.

Wolves righthander Kimmie Dick allowed just three singles and struck out eight on 108 pitches in twirling her first seven-inning shutout of the year.

The Scots had baserunners in every inning except the third, but they advanced just one runner as far as third base. That was pinch-runner Annie McCormick in the fourth when Maryville loaded the bases. Emily Hill singled and McCormick took over at first. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Micayla Clark and then to third on a ground out.

But Dick fanned the dangerous Amaya Goodloe with the sacks juiced to end the threat.

Wesleyan scored twice in the first on a pair of Maryville miscues. The first misplay was a bloop base hit by Wolves cleanup hitter J.J. Wright that could have been caught for the third out but instead landed safely between the pitcher's circle and first. When the dust settled, the Wolves had runners on the corners with two out.

Wright stole second and Tihana Zupanic then grounded up the middle for an RBI-hit, with an ensuing error allowing Wright to score as well for a 2-0 Wesleyan lead.

That score stood until the seventh when the Wolves doubled their advantage.

After two were out, Marilynn NeSmith tripled just inside the chalk in right field. Then on an 0-2 count, Savannah Pollock found a hole through the right side to plate NeSmith. Bailey Caldwell followed with a double to the base of the right field wall and Pollock scored all the way from first to make it 4-0.

The Scots put one aboard in the last of the seventh but never threatened.

Season-High 10 Ks for Ackerman

Megan Ackerman took the loss for Maryville despite a season-high 10 strikeouts. She concludes her first season with the Scots at 13-11. Wesleyan's Dick improved to 10-6.

Jenica Brown in the leadoff spot had two of Maryville's three hits. Hill in that fourth inning had the other base knock. The defensive gem of the night came in the top of the sixth when Maryville's Kaliyah Hensic gunned down Wesleyan's Wright at home plate trying to score from second on a base hit to left field. Hensic's throw was in plenty of time and Sara Koonce applied the tag.

Maryville improved this year to 21-18 overall after a 6-18 mark a season ago. The Scots tied for third in the West Division during their final season with the USA South. Next year, the program begins play in the Collegiate Conference of the South.

Wesleyan is now 21-13 and plays at East top-seed Pfeiffer in Bracket #1 of the USA South Tournament on Thursday afternoon.