Ladies Split Final Regular Season Doubleheader, clinch 3rd Seed in SCAC Tournament
Sophomore Payton LeBlanc recorded five steals on the day to take over the SCAC lead in 2017 in that category.
Ladies Split Final Regular Season Doubleheader, clinch 3rd Seed in SCAC Tournament
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Centenary (15-22)
Schreiner (20-19)
4/23/2017 | Kerrville, TX | Attendance: 200
Win: Lauren Beadle (5-6) 2.152210
Loss: Jessica Vrana (9-10) 7.0168504
Lizzie Moran (CENTSB) 414100
Alyssa Maki (SCH-SB) 422101

KERRVILLE, Texas – For the second-straight game, the Ladies faced a late deficit in game one Sunday afternoon, April 23. And just like the nightcap yesterday, the Maroon and White responded with a big inning late as Centenary (15-23, 12-12 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) clinched the third seed with a win in game one, 8-4. However, Schreiner (21-19, 12-12 SCAC) rallied to take game two, 7-5.

Centenary will take on Trinity in the first round of the SCAC softball Tournament at 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, in Seguin, Texas.

Down 4-2 entering the top of the sixth of game one, Centenary struck for six to take control of the game. With one out and a runner at second, senior Lizzie Moran singled to put the tying run on base. Sophomore Wendy Gillet singled in a run, and then an error loaded the bases. Sophomore pinch hitter Kylie Bradley singled to tie the game, followed by the rare triple steal on a missed squeeze attempt put the Ladies in the lead for good. An error on a sacrifice bunt attempt gave junior Kelsey Ancelot an RBI, followed by a sacrifice fly by junior Anna Dunn. Another error scored Ancelot to give Centenary the 8-4 lead.

Sophomore Lauren Beadle (5-6) picked up the win in relief, allowing five hits and two runs in 2.1 innings of work. Classmate Nichole Aldridge tallied her fourth save of the season by throwing the final 0.2 innings.

The Ladies scored single tallies in the second and fifth innings. In the second, freshman Haley Campbell singled, stole second, and scored on Moran’s one-out single. In the fifth, sophomore Payton LeBlanc singled, stole second, and scored on back-to-back singles by Ancelot and Dunn.

Moran was perfect in four at-bats, while Ancelot accomplished the same in two at-bats. Both scored a run and had an RBI.

Schreiner scored single runs in the first and fourth on solo home runs by Alyssa Maki and Gabriella Acuna, but scored two in the fifth to take a short-lived 4-2 lead. Singles by Kaycee Govett and Maki, followed by an error, loaded the bases with no outs. An RBI groundout and an RBI single by Kaylee Atchley gave the home team the lead, but a flyout and a groundout ended the Mountaineers threat.

Jessica Vrana (9-10) took the complete-game loss, allowing 16 hits and eight runs (five earned) with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

In game two, Centenary scored four runs in the first and led 5-1, but Schreiner scored runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth to rally for the win. LeBlanc began the game by reaching on an error, stole second, and took third on a single by Ancelot. Ancelot moved to second on a groundout, while LeBlanc scored on a single by Campbell, while head’s up base running on the throw scored Ancelot. Moran singled in Campbell, and an error plated Moran.

LeBlanc and Ancelot both managed two hits in game two. LeBlanc finished the day with five stolen bases to take over the lead in the SCAC with 31 swipes on the season.

Schreiner managed single tallies in the fourth and fifth, before scoring three in the sixth to take the lead for good. Atchley singled to begin the sixth, but a flyout and sacrifice bunt produced a pair of outs. However, pinch hitter Kasey Tieken singled to tie the game. A single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases, and a two-RBI single by Maki gave the home team the lead for good.

Nichole Aldridge (9-13) took the complete game loss in the circle for the Ladies, allowing eight hits and seven runs (five earned) with six strikeouts. Hannah Ortiz (12-7) took the complete-game victory, allowing eight hits and five runs (two earned).

Centenary returns to action Friday as the third seed in the SCAC Tournament with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. against sixth-seeded Trinity. With a win, the Ladies will move on to face second-seeded Southwestern later that night at 6 p.m.