McKenna Records 100th Career Hit as Bears Split Last Day in Florida

Courtney McKenna
Courtney McKenna

CLERMONT, Fla.-- Junior Courtney McKenna recorded her 100th career hit for Coast Guard softball on Friday morning on the last day of the Spring Games in Florida. The Bears dropped to Concordia Chicago, 11-4 and rallied in extra innings to defeat Fredonia, 8-7. The Bears finish the Spring Games with a 5-5 record.

The Bears will return home and play on Tuesday, March 19 against Roger Williams at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. 

GAME ONE-- CONCORDIA CHICAGO 11, COAST GUARD 4

Junior Carly Hattman was 2-for-4 with one run, sophomore Charlee Kraiss was 2-for -3 with one run, junior Kayla Sowers had two RBI's, and senior Sharayah Simco had one RBI in the Bears setback.

The Bears got on the board in the top of the first when McKenna singled to shortstop and junior Carly Hattman advanced home on a throwing error. The Bears scored next when Simco had a single RBI to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Concordia had a surge in the bottom of the second inning as they scored six runs in to take a 6-2 lead over the Bears. In the bottom of the third, Kacey Powers hit a three-run home run to extend Concordia's lead, 9-3.

Sowers had a two-run single in the top of the fourth to cut the Bears deficit, 9-4.

Concordia scored two more in the bottom of the fourth to hold the 11-4 final.

GAME TWO — COAST GUARD 8, FREDONIA 7

Simco was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning with bases loaded to win it in extra innings for the Bears. Simco also led the Bears with three RBI's, McKenna and Kraiss, who went 2-for-4 had two RBI's each, and Hurley also added an RBI in the Bears victory.

The Bears got on the board first in the when McKenna hit an RBI double to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Fredonia had a huge rally in the top of the second as they scored six runs to take a 6-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Kraiss and Simco both had two RBI singles, causing a tie game, 6-6 that would force the game to go to extra innings.

In the top of the ninth inning, Katie Yudin had a sacrifice fly that gave Fredonia a 7-6 advantage.

In the bottom of the ninth, Hurley bunted where she advanced to second on a fielder's choice, sending Hattman to third, and junior Sarah Kemp home on a diving play to tie the game back up, 7-7. With the bases load, Simco was up to bat when she got hit by a pitch, for the win for the Bears. 

Simco also beat the Coast Guard Softball all-time hit by pitch record, which is now at 33.