The 2018 North Coast Softball season came to a close last weekend after DePauw dropped a tough 2-1 contest to Thomas More in NCAA Division III Regional play at Illinois Wesleyan.
DePauw found itself in an elimination contest after falling to Transylvania on Friday. DePauw battled back from a five-run deficit and forced extra innings, but Transylvania’s Janelle Hynes clubbed a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the 10th to give the Pioneers an 8-6 win.
On Saturday, Thomas More scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and held on for a 2-1 win over DePauw. The Tigers gained a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Jordyn Fera (Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates) led off with a double and moved to third on Sidney Holler’s (Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) sacrifice bunt. Breanna DeYoung (Middletown, IN/Shenandoah) entered as a pinch-hitter and Sarah Beischer (Hebron, IN/Valparaiso) as a runner at third. DeYoung successfully executed a squeeze bunt that scored Beischer.
Thomas More came back in the top of the fifth with Laure Finke singling with one out and stealing second. Finke moved to third when Dallis Knotts flied out and then scored on Alix DeDreu’s single through the middle. Andrea Graham followed with a single, but the inning ended when Holler picked off DeDreu at second.
Amanda Lloyd led off the Thomas More sixth with a single and advanced to third on Sammy Sagers’ double. Kenzi Dickerson followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Lloyd and giving the Saints a 2-1 lead.
Holler and Becca St. Germain each singled with two outs in the sixth, but a ground out ended the threat.
The Tigers had a chance in the bottom of the seventh as Kat Panos (Barrington, IL/Barrington) led off with a single and moved to second on Kathleen Byers’ (Fishers, IN/Cathedral) sacrifice bunt. After Abey Bass (Shelbyville, IN/Shelbyville) flied out, Liz Getz (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) singled just past the shortop and into short left field. Panos tried to score but was caught in a rundown and called out trying to return to third which ended the game.
DePauw finished the year with a record of 23-22, including the program’s fourth NCAC Tournament championship and a second-place finish in the regular season after posting a conference record of 13-3.