Cougars and Lady Eagles Split, Game Three on Wednesday
Williams Baptist College will meet with the Cougars of Columbia College in a third and decisive game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. A windy day in Walnut Ridge, Ark. saw the 14th ranked Lady Eagles drop the first game 1-0, and follow it up with a 2-1 victory over Columbia. The teams are playing in a best-of-three American Midwest Conference Tournament semifinals matchup.
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The first game of the series was a tight one as neither team could get much going offensively. Jordan Crisp pitched a two-hit complete game shutout for the Cougars. She was able to keep the Lady Eagle batters off-balance throughout the contest.
The only run came in the top of the fifth inning. Jessica Hardy singled off the pitcher's foot. After a wild pitched advanced her to second and an error to third, she scored on a misplayed grounder by WBC. This gave Columbia the only run it needed, as they would go on to win 1-0.
Shelby Anderson finished the game allowing one unearned run on four hits, while striking out six Cougar batters for WBC. Karisa Hendrix came in for an inning of relief, striking out the side.
Felicia Woodard provided Williams with its only two hits of the game.
Game two would be another pitching duel for the two teams, as Hendrix threw against Taylor Richter. Hendrix would win the duel with a one-hit effort, earning her 28th win on the season. The only run she gave up was unearned in the second inning on a throwing error. She also struck out eight batters in the contest.
Williams got on the board first when Laura Tucker led off the second inning with a single to left. She was sacrificed over to second base by Jill Graham, and moved over to third base on an illegal pitch. Then she scored on a bobble by the Cougars infield, giving the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Cougars responded immediately when Whitni Howell scored on a wild throw by the Williams infield. The score would stay 1-1 until the fourth inning.
After three singles for the Lady Eagles, Ashley Boyles scored on a wild pitch. WBC took the 2-1 lead that would prove to be decisive.
The two teams will meet on Wednesday, at 2 p.m. in the series finale. The game will be played in Walnut Ridge at the WBC Softball Field.