Madisonville, TN: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team journeyed to Madisonville on March 19th to face the home standing Hiwassee Lady Tigers in a softball doubleheader. Following are recaps of each contest.
HC – 11 | Alice Lloyd – 2
The hosts broke away in the third inning to earn the victory.
Hiwassee produced 4 runs in the second inning to take the early lead.
The visitors would answer with 2 runs of their own in the top of the third to shrink the deficit to 4-2.
Unfortunately, HC would break the game open in the same inning with 5 more in the third.
For ALC, junior Madisson Minks led the way with two doubles. Sophomore Mckenzie Brewer, added 2 singles while freshman Alyssa Clark added 1 to the cause.
Haley Hall and Mercedez Gilliam were on the mound for Alice Lloyd.
The Rams won the hitting battle, 13-5.
HC – 4 | Alice Lloyd – 3
ALC looked solid at the start as they grabbed an early lead, but unfortunately, they could not hold it in the later innings.
The Lady Eagles jumped out of the gates quickly as they produced 2 runs in the opener and one more in the third.
Clark provided the big blows as she had a double and RBI in each inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, Hiwassee earned one of those back. They would then tie the score one inning later with 2 more runs.
Unfortunately, ALC went down in the top half of the seventh.
In the bottom of the inning, the hosts would get a single with two outs and then watch their runner steal second.
The next Tiger batter then lined a blooper toward the outfield. The play resulted in a close play at home plate, but unfortunately, the tag was just late as HC earned the walk-off victory.
For the Eagles, in addition to Clark’s 2 doubles, sophomore Jada Estep was hot as she collected 3 hits, including 1 double. Freshmen Abby Stambaugh added 2 hits (1 double) while fellow freshman Hannah Buchannan smashed a triple. Minks added a single to the effort.
On the mound, Brewer pitched excellently for five innings. Gilliam came on in relief and suffered the hard-luck defeat.
Hiwassee outhit Alice Lloyd 10-9.