18th Ranked Lady Eagles Open Season with Sweep
On a cold, windy day on the campus of Williams Baptist College, the 18th ranked Lady Eagles softball opened their season flying high. They swept the Lady Toppers from Blue Mountain College in a doubleheader.
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The first game ended up 5-1 in favor of Williams. Karisa Hendrix picked up her first win of the season with a solid pitching performance.
Her only blemish was a third inning home run hit by Brooke Jones in the third inning on a 0-2 count.
Williams had to wait four innings before getting their first runs of the season. They used their “small ball” style to earn the runs. Lauren Sweeten reached base with a leadoff walk, then she swiped second base on a 1-1 count to Ashley Boyles. Boyles then sacrificed her over to third with a perfectly placed bunt. Sweeten then scored on a Shelby Upshaw groundout to the pitcher.
WBC would add another run in the inning on a Felicia Woodard single, as she drove in Mallarie Lee. This would prove to be plenty of runs for Hendrix, who was on her game. Hendrix finished the game allowing four hits, one earned run and four walks, while striking out eight batters.
Williams would add three runs in the bottom of the fifth before Hendrix finished with a complete game.
In the second game of the day, Williams sent highly touted freshman Shelby Anderson to the mound, and Anderson did not disappoint for the Lady Eagles. The final score was 3-2.
The Lady Eagles used a two out rally in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead on BMC. Just like in the first game, the production started with a walk. This time Boyles drew the base on balls. Next, Upshaw was able to reach first base when the Toppers’ defense tried to throw Boyles out at second on a slow grounder. Both runners were safe.
Jill Graham looked to have grounded out but the first baseman for the Toppers was unable to make the catch, allowing Boyles and Upshaw to score, and Graham to reach third base. Both runs were unearned.
Blue Mountain scored an unearned run in the third before Williams was able to add an insurance run in the fifth when Hallie Horton singled in Laura Tucker.
BMC would get another run across in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough as Anderson was able to pick up her first career victory. She pitched a complete game, allowing six hits, one earned run, and accumulated four strike outs.
WBC will travel to Batesville, Ark. this weekend for the Lyon Invitational. They will play four games, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday against Lyon College.