Softball Ends Year at ACAA Tournament, Clapper Named to All-Tournament Team

Gerry Raymonda
Gerry Raymonda

CANTON, N.Y. (May 6, 2018) – The SUNY Delhi softball team wrapped up their season this weekend at the ACAA Tournament, hosted by SUNY Canton. The conference championship followed a double elimination format. The Broncos played Finlandia in the first round game, coming up short on a 10-4 decision. They then played Maine Presque Isle in their second game, falling 4-0 in a tight defensive battle.

Outfielder Emily Clapper was named to the ACAA All-Tournament Team after combining for 3-for-7 at the plate with one double. She started both tournament games in center field and even logged an incredible over-the-shoulder catch to save an extra-base hit against Maine Presque Isle.

FINLANDIA 10, SUNY DELHI 4

Finlandia went ahead in the bottom of the second with two runs and three more in the third. The Broncos battled back to plate three in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-3. Sierra Keesler got Delhi on the board on an RBI double to center, followed by a passed ball that scored Samantha Mendelsohn and an RBI single by Yesileidy Paulino to get Keesler home. The Lions, however, tacked on two in the bottom half and three more in the fifth to lead, 10-3. Despite another run by the Broncos in the sixth, that would be the last score of the contest.

Pitcher Jenna Lutz allowed five earned runs on eight hits through 2.0 innings of work. Molly Greene stepped in to fan three batters, giving up just five earned runs on four hits through 2.1 frames before giving way to Haylee Lefebvre. The freshman notched one K and allowed two hits through 1.2 scoreless innings. Despite getting no-hit through the first three innings, the Broncos attacked for seven hits in the later frames. Clapper and Samantha Mendelsohn posted multi-hit days, with Clapper going 2-for-4 with one double and Samantha Mendelsohn batting 2-for-3. Keesler had one double with one ribbie, while Paulino went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

MAINE PRESQUE ISLE 4, SUNY DELHI 0

Starter Jenna Lutz had one of her great performances of the season in the latter game Saturday, pitching a complete game with two strikeouts, and giving up just one earned run on seven hits. The Broncos defense backed Lutz with superb play in the field. Maine Presque Isle, however, matched this effort, along with scoring four runs. The Broncos had five hits, all coming on singles from Emily Clapper, Sierra Keesler, Haylee Lefebvre and Yesileidy Paulino, as well as a pinch-hit single by Dakota Baker.