Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team had a thrilling day on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the AMCC Softball Championship Tournament, losing to Penn State-Behrend 3-2 but defeating Penn State-Altoona 3-2 in 10-innings to advance to their second consecutive AMCC Championship.
In their first game of the day, the number one seeded Spartans and the third seeded Behrend Lions faced off as the two remaining undefeated teams in the tournament.
Behrend opened up the game with a three-run first inning for a 3-0 lead. D'Youville answered in the bottom of the inning as the offense got started with a Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School) leadoff double. Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) then doubled to make the game 3-1.
The Lions increased their lead to 4-1 in the top of the third, with D'Youville responding in the bottom of the fifth. Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) singled with one out, followed by a Monin walk. Both runners would come around to score two batters later as Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) doubled and made the score 4-3.
The Spartans would leave two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh and lose the game by the final of 4-3.
DeVantier led the team with two RBI and had two hits, tied with Hannah Turek (Depew, NY/Lancaster) for the team lead. Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) lost her first game of the tournament going seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out two batters.
Game two began with a familiar pair teaming up for the team's first run. Monin began the bottom of the first inning with single through the left side. Evans then drove her in with a double for a 1-0 lead.
Altoona would respond with a solo-homer in the top of the third, and then added another run in the top of the fourth for a 2-1 lead. However, the Spartans would answer right back to tie the game.
Shortstop MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Alabama, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) walked to begin the bottom of the fourth. Gawlak singled to move Kehlenbeck to third three batters later and the Kehlenbeck stole third, scoring later in the at-bat with a single from Monin.
The two teams would continue to battle as the game turned to extra innings. D'Youville would leave six runners on base between the seventh, eighth and ninth innings compared to Altoona's three, showing the intensity of the game.
Reaching the bottom of the tenth, Ashley Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) reached on an error by the Lion's third baseman. She would move to third over the next several at-bats and with two outs, DeVantier would hit a ball to the shortstop and she would bobble the ball, allowing Colan to score the game winning run as the Spartans defeated the Lions 3-2.
McHenry pitched all 10-innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight. The team's two top hitters, Monin and Evans, each accounted for an RBI. Monin and DeVantier each had three hits and McHenry had three walks.
Kehlenbeck, along with Monin and Colan all had fantastic days in the field as well.
The Spartans advanced to the AMCC Championship Game for the second consecutive year against the Penn State-Behrend Lions. The game will begin at 10am and if D'Youville wins, the two teams will play again in a winner-take-all game.