The NCCAA Mideast Regional Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles opened up softball play on Tuesday when they faced the NAIA’s University of Pikeville Lady Bears. Due to the recent weather, the Lady Eagles have not been able to practice on their field. Despite that setback, Coach Nathan Hall seized an opportunity to finally allow his squad the chance to play outside and face some spirited competition. He welcomed a tough challenge that should benefit his squad down the road. Following are recaps of each contest.
UPIKE 7 | Alice Lloyd 0
The visitors scored two in the opening inning, added one in the third, and spread four more runs the rest of the way. McKenzie Brewer and Sam Sturgill each smacked doubles for the home squad, but the Lady Eagles were unable to string a few hits together.
The Bears outhit Alice Lloyd 10-2 in the win. Pitcher Hannah Skaggs earned the victory, allowing just one hit while striking out seven. Caitlynn Wyatt took the pitching losses. Wyatt allowed seven runs on 10 hits with one strikeout.
A bright spot for Alice Lloyd defensively occurred in the third inning when the Lady Eagles pulled off one of the rarest feats in softball: a triple play.
UPIKE 17 | Alice Lloyd 0
UPike’s Megan Claypoole pitched a no-hitter as the visitors controlled game two from start to finish.
Claypoole played a brilliant game as she struck out eight batters and also smacked a home run.
Morgan Albury took the pitching loss as she gave up 13 earned runs on 15 hits with four strikeouts.