Lady Eagles Soar into First Place
In a battle for sole possession of first place in the American Midwest Conference, Williams Baptist College proved victorious over Park University. The 15th ranked Lady Eagles softball squad swept a doubleheader, winning game one 8-0 and game two 7-3. The games were played Friday at Walnut Ridge.
Shelby Anderson pitched for Williams in game one. The freshman did not disappoint, pitching a complete game and allowing only two hits.
Anderson came through from the plate, as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBI's and a run scored. One of the hits was a towering homerun that flew over the scoreboard in leftfield, marking Anderson's first career homerun at WBC.
"Anderson is making a bold statement as a freshman. Game one's performance on the mound was incredible," said head coach Eric Newell. "I felt like her homerun deflated Park a little bit."
Anderson was not the only player to contribute offensively. The Lady Eagles recorded 11 hits in the five innings played. The final score was 8-0, and it was the first conference game this season where WBC was able to run rule the opponent.
Williams jumped on Park early in game two, scoring five runs in the first inning, which would prove to be plenty of run support for Karisa Hendrix.
Hendrix struck out a career high 14 batters on her way to picking up her 20th win of the season. She now has recorded 174 strikeouts in 151 innings pitched on the year.
"Fourteen strikeouts in a game is impressive and it helped us tremendously in game two," said Newell.
Once again, the bats remained hot. The Lady Eagles outhit the Pirates 14 to seven.
Chelsea Sanders hit her fourth homerun of the season in the first inning. Laura Tucker went 4-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored.
"Hitting is becoming contagious for our team, we are seeing the ball well right now," said Newell.
WBC's record stands at 31-8 overall and 7-1 in conference. The Lady Eagles sit on top of the AMC standings by percentage points over William Woods University, which is 8-2 in conference.
Tuesday, April 10, Williams will step out of conference and travel to Crowley's Ridge College for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. They will return home on Thursday, April 12, to host AMC foe Harris-Stowe State University in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
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