Wild Sixth Inning Gives Softball Doubleheader Split with Southwest Assemblies of God
Sophomore Nichole Aldridge picked up her second win of the season in game two of the doubleheader.
Wild Sixth Inning Gives Softball Doubleheader Split with Southwest Assemblies of God
Thursday, March 2, 2017
SW Assemblies of God (7-10)
Centenary (LA) (1-8)
3/2/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 67
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Win: Rachel Ray (6-2) 8.042219
Loss: Kelcie Bourgeois (0-1) 1.011001
Ashlyn Stanfill (SAGU) 302100
Haley Campbell (CENTSB) 302100

SHREVEPORT, La. – A wild first inning of game two gave way to a wilder sixth inning as Centenary (2-8) took the nightcap of the doubleheader against Southwest Assemblies of God (7-11) 5-3. The visiting Lions won the first game in eight innings, 6-2.

After Southwest Assemblies scored three runs, two unearned, to knot the game at three in the top of the sixth, the Ladies struck back with two of their own for the final two-run margin. Junior Anna Dunn led off the bottom of the frame with a double and was sacrificed to third. Freshman Kristyn Peacock came to the plate as a pinch hitter. She ripped her first collegiate hit to the base of the wall in centerfield, driving in Dunn and going to second with a stand-up double. However, a wild throw by the Lions centerfielder allowed Peacock to take third. The first baseman let the ball roll all the way into the dugout as Peacock was awarded home to put the Ladies up 5-3.

Sophomore Nichole Aldridge (2-4) retired the side in order to finish the complete game. In seven innings, Aldridge allowed six hits and three runs (one earned) with four strikeouts.

Centenary scored two in the third and one in the fifth to breakout to a 3-0 lead in the second game. Sophomore Cassie Gonzales led off the third with a single and scored when junior Haley Miller ripped the first pitch she saw to right center for an RBI double, her second two-bagger of the year. Miller moved to second on a groundout and scored on senior Lizzie Moran’s RBI single.

In the fifth with two down, Moran hit her first double of the year, stole third, and scored when the errant throw got away from the third baseman. Moran tallied a hit in all three at-bats with one run scored and one RBI. Gonzales added two hits with a run scored.

Neither team scored after a wild first inning. In the top of the first, Baylee McBrannon hit an infield single and advanced to third on Ashley Nop’s hit to right field. However, Gonzales threw to freshman Haley Campbell, who tagged Nop out trying to extend the hit to a double. Aldridge got a foul out and strikeout to strand the runner at third.

In the bottom of the frame, sophomore Payton LeBlanc walked and advanced to second when Moran’s legged out a bunt after it died right in front of the plate. However, the catchers throw went wild to put runners on the corners with no outs. Moran stole second, but a lineout double play and a groundout kept both teams off the scoreboard despite three hits, a walk, and a stolen base.

Southwest Assemblies struck for three in the sixth thanks to a costly error. Rieanha Cano led off the single, while a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt pulled the first baseman’s foot off the bag. Aldridge induced a groundout back to the circle, which got the first out at third, but a single loaded the bases. Cheyenne Fults was hit by a pitch to score the first run of the game, but Aldridge got another groundout hit back to her that led to the out at home. A two-run single by Brittany Livingston tied the game, but Moran made a nice running grab on a liner in centerfield to keep the game 3-3.

Livingston’s two-RBI single in the sixth was her only hit of the game in three at-bats. Hannah Lee (1-7) took the complete game loss for the Lions, allowing 10 hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings of work.

Game one saw the Lions tie the game with a single run in the seventh and four in the eighth for the come-from-behind win.

After Southwest Assemblies scored one in the fourth, Centenary answered with a tally in the fifth and sixth for the lead. In the fifth with one out, Gonzales singled and scored on Ford’s smash to centerfield, her first collegiate extra-base hit. In the sixth, LeBlanc walked, was sacrificed to second, and scored on Campbell’s single to right field.

Campbell finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI.

In the seventh with one out for the visitors, Kaitlyn Canales singled to left and advanced to second on a fielding error. After a strikeout, Ashlyn Stanfill singled down the right field line to score an unearned run.

In the eighth, a key error opened the floodgates to allow the Lions to score four runs. With the bases loaded and one out, a throwing error to home plate scored a pair of runs. However, no one was covering as Kristin Stringer swiped home to give Southwest Assemblies a 5-2 lead. A wild pitch on a strikeout allowed the sixth and final run of the game to score.

Sophomore Kelcie Bourgeois took the loss in relief for her first decision of the year, allowing one hit and one unearned run. Classmate Mackenzie Stewart threw the first 6.1 innings of the game, allowing five hits and two runs, one unearned. Rachel Ray (6-2) picked up the win for the Lions, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out nine in eight innings of work.

The Ladies return to action next weekend for a three-game series at Hendrix March 11-12. First pitch of the doubleheader on the 11th is set for 2 p.m.