Ladies Eliminated From Mid-Con Tournament on First Day
Friday, May 12, 2006

Lauren Flowers

Emerald Doria

– For the two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference tournament champion Centenary softball team, the third time wasn’t the charm as they were eliminated in two games at the 2006 championships.  The Ladies dropped their first game 3-1 to Western Illinois before falling to Oakland 4-3.


The first game saw a pitching match-up between the Westerwinds’ first-team All-Mid-Con performer Kamren Ferguson (13-10) and the Ladies second-team selection Ashley Lail.  Ferguson tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on 10 Centenary hits while striking out a pair in the win.  Lail also pitched well, going the distance and giving up three runs on eight hits, fanning five.


Western Illinois jumped to an early 1-0 lead with a leadoff triple by Maureen Troller, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jennifer Garcia.


The Ladies would respond in the fifth, tying the game at 1-1 with back-to-back-to-back singles by Dana Davis, Emerald Doria, and Lauren Flowers.  Flowers’ hit to left field drove Davis in from second.


WIU plated another pair of runs in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on a pair of walks and an infield single.  While the Ladies managed to get the initial force at home for the first out, the Westerwinds scored with a pair of singles for what would prove to be the game-winning runs.


Flowers went 3-for-4 in the first contest and drove in the only Centenary run.  Doria and Lail each added a pair of hits while Megan Hall, Jennifer Martin, and Davis each collected hits in the game.


The second game saw early scoring, followed by a drought of runs in comparison.  Playing as the visitors, Centenary scored a pair of runs in the opening frame, only to be matched and surpassed with three by the Golden Grizzlies.


Facing another first team All-Mid-Con pitcher, this time Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year Laura Chomokos, the Ladies had another battle at their hands.


Oakland added to their lead with a solo homerun by Camie Knorr over the left field fence to make it a 4-2 contest.  The Golden Grizzlies wouldn’t score again, but would hold on to advance in the tournament.


With their backs against the wall, the Ladies put together a seventh inning rally in hopes of a comeback.  Centenary loaded the bases with two outs on a single by Allison McClain, a fielder’s choice by Martin, and an Oakland error on Doria.  Flowers would then drive in another run with an infield single to the shortstop before Micah Rhodes hit into a game-ending grounder to short.


Chomokos pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts.  Lail (18-15) picked up her second loss of the day by allowing three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.  She was relieved by Jessica Ivins who went five strong while allowing one run on three hits and fanning two.