Newcomers Prove Strong For Ladies in Fall Tourney
Wednesday, October 5, 2005



SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies softball team hosted the first of its two fall tournaments on Saturday, going 2-1 on the day with wins over Henderson State and Southern Arkansas. The Ladies are counting on several newcomers this year to fill some key spots in the lineup and freshmen Emerald Doria, Kendall Howard, and Allison McClain did not disappoint in their first collegiate action.

 

Returning players Micah Rhodes, Jennifer Mango, and Jessica Ivins set the tone for the 2005-06 Ladies as all turned in quality performances. Rhodes collected several doubles on the day, showing the form that has earned her All-Mid-Continent Conference honors after both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Mango provided her typical offensive prowess while Ivins pitched 10 strong innings while surrendering only one run.

 

However, it was the debut of the much-anticipated freshman class that stole the show on the day. Doria flashed her defensive skills at shortstop in addition to belting her first home run of the fall while Howard was a strong presence behind the plate as the Ladies catcher and also showed her potentially powerful offensive side. McClain turned in a stellar freshman debut as well, going 3-for-6 with a homer and a pair of doubles while seeing time at both middle infield positions.

 

“The fall scrimmages are a chance for us to try out new things and put people in different positions and situations,” said head coach Mark Montgomery. “Overall we were pleased with the outcome, the effort of the team, and with several individual performances.”

 

The Ladies will host their second and final tournament of the fall season this Saturday at the Centenary Softball Complex. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. and run continuously throughout the afternoon with the final contest starting at 7:30 p.m.