Softball: Kankakee blanks Potomac State 15-0

Catamounts eliminated from tournament

CLINTON, MISS. — An eight-run second inning and Kankakee pitcher Michaela Ward proved to be too much to overcome for Potomac State College Thursday afternoon at the NJCAA Division II softball championship.

Ward threw a two-hitter and Kankakee stayed alive by eliminating the Catamounts 15-0 in five innings.

The Cavaliers finished with 15 hits led by Kalyn Leanard and Beth Mersinger. Leanard had three hits in four attempts and Mersinger was 2 for 3 belting a home run and a double to finish with a team-high four RBIs. Leanard had three base hits and two RBIs.

Jessica Zamaitis (2 for 3), Colleen McLaughlin (2 for 4) and Kiley Zajdzinski (2 for 2) also had two hits apiece. Zajdzinski tripled with an RBI and McLaughlin had a double and two RBIs.

Ward, in five innings, struck five, walked six and gave up two hits, singles to the Catamounts’ Abby Gillingham and Morgan Basye.

Potomac State’s Makenah Harrington took the loss.

After a scoreless first inning, Kankakee erupted for eight runs in the second and added three in the third. The Cavaliers scored four times in the fifth inning.

Potomac State stranded eight base runners while Kankakee left three on base.

The Catamounts finish the season 26-15 after making it to the World Series for the third year in a row.