Softball bows out of North Atlantic Conference tournament early

Coach Werner’s last season with the Spartans came to a quick halt in the quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference tournament on Tuesday, when they fell to the University of Maine-Farmington 3-1.

It was a tight game, tied at zero until the fourth inning when Castleton freshman Tori Fearon, hit a double, and eventually made it home on a Sarah Flore sacrifice fly to left field.

Fearon led the conference in batting average with .474 clip, batted in 22 runs and hit one home run in the 2011 season.

It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Beavers stole the lead, when Lily Barry and McKell Barnes hit back-to-back home runs.

Later that inning, Shannon Mitchell hit a double to bring home Kaitlyn Barlett giving the Beavers the 3-1 victory lead.

“We just weren’t hitting against their pitcher,” said Werner. “It was a really tight game up until that one inning.”

Pitching for the Spartans was Lively, was handed the loss on seven innings pitched, three runs (all earned), no walks and nine strikeouts.

The Beavers moved onto the NAC semifinals against Husson and lost 4-3 on Friday.

The tight game brought the Spartans season to an unexpected end. However, Werner thought this season went well, despite the disappointing ending.

“Our team was a young team,” says Werner. “With one more year of experience, I think these girls will be right where they need to be.”

This past season the Spartans had only four seniors and two juniors. According to Werner, the team was sophomore dominated, with the two main pitchers, the second baseman, shortstop, and left fielder all sophomores, and the right fielder, a freshman.

“The little bit of inexperience really hurt,” said Werner. “The team was great, it was a group of girls who cared about each other. It was so obvious whenever you were around them.

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