by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team journeyed to New Albany, Indiana to battle the league’s top ranked team, the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers, in a four game series over the weekend. Below are recaps of each game.
Saturday March 21
The hosts exploded for 8 runs in the first inning, then displayed solid pitching to win the opener. ALC had just two hits, courtesy of a triple from center fielder Megan Jones and a single from designated batter Holly Musick, while the Grenadiers smacked 11. Pitcher Catherine Webb dropped the decision on the mound.
IUS pitcher Caroline Cato threw a no-hitter and only walked 1 batter to earn the win. Eagle pitcher Alex Meade scattered 8 runs over 5 innings to drop the decision.
Sunday March 22
The Lady Eagles opened day two determined to produce some runs. The visitors smashed two homeruns, but dropped the decision in game 1.
Alice Lloyd’s Megan Jones smacked a pitch over the fence to open the contest, giving her squad the early advantage, 1-0.
IUS then spread 5 runs over the next four innings to lead 5-1, before Eagle left fielder Tori Price drove a ball over the fence in the fifth inning to make things interesting. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the gritty visitors would get.
Kayla Stambaugh suffered the loss on the mound as she allowed 16 hits while striking out 4.
For the second straight game, the Eagles jumped ahead early. Jones opened the game with a single and then trotted home on Price’s two run shot over the left field fence; this was her second blast in as many days.
Pitcher Whitley Albury held the hosts scoreless until allowing 3 IUS runs in the bottom of the third. Over the next few innings, Albury and catcher Megan Boswell each had hits, but unfortunately, were left stranded on base.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth. The Grenadiers finally were able to get to Albury as they produced a big 7 run inning to earn the victory. Albury struck out 2 while allowing 16 hits. The Eagles had 4 hits, but only stuck out once. They made solid contact the entire game but was unable to produce any more runs.