The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles closed out the 2012 season in KIAC Tournament action. The tournament, which was held in Frankfort, was a double elimination format. Below are recaps of each contest.
The Lady Eagles battled Brescia, a team coming off of a 25-win season, in the opener. From the opening pitch, Coach John Mill’s team gave the favorites all they could handle.
ALC struck first, as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a Kayla Gooslin RBI single. The Eagles played relaxed like a team that had nothing to lose, and they continued to hold the Bearcats scoreless with a fine display of pitching and fielding.
Just when it appeared that a major upset was in the making, Brescia’s Stefani Smith came to her club’s rescue in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one runner on base, she cracked a critical 2-run homerun, which completely shifted the momentum of the game. Her blast helped propel BU to a 7-run inning, and they rode that surge to pick up the win.
On the day, Brescia outhit ALC 8-3. In addition to Gooslin’s 1 hit and 1 RBI, teammates Caitlin Case, Nikki Durman, Shelby Barnett, Lacinda Hack, Megan Boswell, and Simbree Sizemore each added 1 hit apiece.
The Lady Eagles battled Midway in the night match-up. The Eagles played with new-found confidence, and for the second consecutive game, they made a team sweat over the outcome until the final out.
Alice Lloyd struck first, courtesy of a powerful Caitlin Case 2-run homer (her first of the year). They tacked on one more run and took a 3-0 lead after the top of the second.
MC fought back with a 5-run inning and vaulted ahead 5-3. The Lady Eagles, however, refused to fold, as they continued to claw away at their opponent. They registered another run in the top of the sixth inning to keep the game tight. Unfortunately, a comeback was not meant to be, as Midway finally managed to subdue the scrappy guests.
On the night, ALC batted well, being outhit by only 9-7. Simbree Sizemore and Chelsea Brown each had 2 hits, while Shelby Barnett and Lacinda Hack each added 1.