JOLIET, Ill. – Ashford’s softball team won twice Saturday on the second day of the St. Francis Tournament, and another single-season program record fell by the wayside.
Ashford’s offense exploded for 15 hits in a 15-2, five-inning win over Trinity Christian. Then, Natalia Reynoso’s walk-off single gave Ashford a 3-2 win over Judson.
Siera Spahiu, a junior from Franklin, Wisconsin, etched her name in the Ashford record book with five RBIs on the day, giving her 42 on the year and a single-season program record, surpassing Christine Ho’s record of 40 set in 2012.
Ashford took four out of five games at the tournament and improved to 23-20. A doubleheader scheduled for Sunday at St. Xavier was called off because of rain and won’t be rescheduled.
The Saints scored in all four trips to the plate against Trinity Christian, starting with five runs in the bottom of the first. Alex Bitto opened the scoring with a two-run double, followed later in the inning by a Kalyn Ohlemeyer RBI groundout and a two-run double from Marissa Thornburg.
Reynoso and Ohlemeyer struck for back-to-back RBI singles in the second to stretch the lead to 7-0. One inning later, Bitto brought home a run with a bases-loaded walk before Spahiu doubled in a pair. Reynoso capped the scoring in the third with an RBI groundout to make it 11-0.
The Trolls got both of their runs in the fourth, but Ashford hung another four-spot on the board in the bottom of the inning. Following RBI singles from Payton Geeting and Allie Klasen, Spahiu moved into sole possession of the RBI record with a two-run single up the middle, capping the scoring for both teams.
Freshman Shelby Yepsen got more than enough run support on her way to her fifth win of the year. She scattered eight hits and walked one on her way to her fourth complete game of the year.
<\z186666660308838>After managing only one hit between the second and sixth innings against Judson, the Ashford offense came through with three of them in the seventh. Reynoso’s walk-off single to right with the bases loaded ended the game.
Ashford starter Nicole Schmidt allowed 10 hits but surrendered just a pair of second-inning runs to improve to 15-9. She pitched her way out of bases-loaded jams in both the fifth and sixth innings.
One week after struggling to muster a run against Judson starter Brianna Tennyson, the Saints broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first off the Eagles’ ace. Spahiu got the scoring started with a sacrifice squeeze and was followed by Shelby Hobelman’s RBI single up the middle to make it 2-0.