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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 2, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Dick Bailey’s final game as head coach of the Colby College softball team ended up being a winning one after the Mules rebounded from an 8-0 loss in the opener to take a 4-0 win in the nightcap in a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday at Crafts Field.
Bailey, who coached at St. Joseph’s for 11 years before his 13 years at Colby, will retire with a 443-296-3 career record. He had a 197-177-3 record during his time with the Mules. Bailey was honored by both teams for his contributions. Jamie Smyth, the current head coach of the Monks, was an assistant under Bailey at St. Joseph’s.
Brittany Tasi pitched a five-hit shutout in the second game for Colby, which ends the season at 18-11. Colby seniors Carlie Minichino, Alyssa Crowell, Tory Starr, and Randi Arsenault were playing their final games.
The Mules scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. Alyssa Lepore had a bases clearing double and Christine Gillespie drove in the other run with a suicide squeeze bunt. Gillespie had two hits in the game, while Kelly Ross and Heather Quadir both had one hit and one run.
Emily Leverone had two hits in the second game for the Monks.
St. Joseph’s scored five times in the second inning and added three more runs in the third in the mercy rule-shortened five inning game. Anna Willis, Elizabeth Jordan, and Alyssa Dunn each had two hits for the Monks.
Kiera Walsh pitched four innings and Michelle Prevost worked the fifth to combine on the Monk shutout.
Alex Essman’s double was one of two Colby hits in the opener.
St. Joseph’s 8, Colby 0 (1st game)
Kiera Walsh (W), Michelle Prevost (5) and Ellen Neff; Alyssa Crowell (L) and Meryl Poulin. 2B: Samantha Gray (SJC), Alex Essman (Col).
Colby 4, St. Joseph’s 0 (2nd game)
Christy Wezowicz (L), Madylan Kluna (5) and Natasha Howard, Maria Labbe (5); Brittany Tasi (W) and Lizzi Fort. 2B: Alyssa Lepore (Col).