CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Westminster College softball team lost, 3-1, to Thomas More College in the 2017 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Tournament Championship Game on Sunday.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament was held Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky on the campus of Thomas More College.
Junior Emiley Westfall (Jefferson, OH / Perry), sophomore Kailey Liverman (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley), and Jazmyn Rohrer (Purcellville, VA / Woodgrove) represented Westminster on the All-Tournament Team.
Earlier in the day, Titan first-year Kayla Troxil (Canfield, OH / Canfield) hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning in second-seeded Westminster’s 4-3 win over fourth-seeded Thiel College (17-20) in the elimination game. The Tomcats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning when Vanessa Falce connected on a two-run double. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Titan junior Addie Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) tied the game at 2 with a two-run double of her own. In the top of the seventh, Leah Woytek put Thiel in front 3-2 with an RBI-single. In the bottom half of the seventh, Westminster once again tied the game after Liverman registered an RBI-single, forcing extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Troxil connected on a one-out-walk-off-single, bringing home Dieterich. Dieterich led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. She then advanced to third when junior Courtney Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) hit a sacrifice bunt. Rohrer gave up three runs on seven hits. She tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts. Liverman went 3-for-3, while Addie Dieterich had two hits.
In the championship game against top-seeded Thomas More (35-8), the Saints led 3-0 after scoring two runs in the second inning off a two-run double by Sammy Sagers and an RBI-single by Mary Beth Odom in the fourth. Junior Courtney Cohen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) got the Titans on the board in the sixth with an RBI-single, scoring Liverman. Rohrer (18-5) pitched 2.0 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. She struck out three and walked one. Her 18 wins this season were a career-best. Troxil came in for relief and only allowed one run on four hits in 4.0 innings, while striking out two. Liverman and Cohen led Westminster with two hits each.
Westminster finishes the season 28-12 overall and 14-4 in the PAC. The Titans’ 28 wins were the most in 13 years and ties the third most in program history.