On Apr. 22, Colby Softball hosted Trinity College for a NESCAC doubleheader. The Mules came into this game after dropping two games versus Williams last week. They looked to improve on their 5–5 conference record and rise up the rankings heading into the final stretch of the season.
Historically, Colby Softball has struggled against Trinity. Before Saturday’s matchups, the Mules were 10–31 since 2008 against the Bantams. This year, however, has been a down year for the oft-top-seeded Bantams. They sit two spots behind Colby in the NESCAC rankings, so the Mules felt confident heading into play on Saturday.
In both games, the Mules played great defense and let up only two runs. In the opener, Colby led a well-balanced offensive attack to secure a 7–2 victory. Colby didn’t tally a score until the fifth inning, but after tying the game 2–2, the Mules never looked back and added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Mules performed three successful sacrifice bunts, stole three bases on the day, and had nine hits with eight players registering at least one.
The second game was scoreless through three innings despite consecutive singles to start the top of the second by Trinity players. The Bantams bunted the runners over, but Abby Orso `24 got out of the jam. On offense, Colby stalled. The Mules did not get a runner past second base over the first six innings and were retired in order in the second, fifth, and sixth innings.
Trinity scored in the fourth and seventh innings to triumph over the Mules. Carissa Cassidy `26 led a valiant comeback for Colby in the bottom of the seventh, with a single, RBI, and stolen base in the 7th. The Mules scored the last run of the game with two outs.
Colby Softball will look to improve its record in a doubleheader against Husson on Apr. 26 and in its series against Bowdoin and Wesleyan this weekend. The Mules have had success versus Husson in the past and have a chance to overtake the Polar Bears’ position at number four in the NESCAC standings, if they win. After Bowdoin, the Mules will look to sweep the series against a struggling Wesleyan team that sits at the bottom of the NESCAC.
~ Julian Cangieter-Hernandez `25
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