Pippa Passes, KY: The visiting Lakers came to Pippa Passes over the Easter weekend to play the typically high-scoring Eagles in two doubleheaders. When the dust had settled, WSL returned to the Buckeye state with four victories.
Game 1: Alice Lloyd-2; WSL-5
Wright State wasted no time jumping ahead 0-1, but the hosts took the lead in the third.
In that inning, two Pippa Passes singles produced 2 runs. ALC had a chance for a huge inning as they loaded the bases, but a grounder ended the threat.
The Lakers then refused to yield any more runs, while at-bat, they plated 2 in the fifth and added 2 insurance runs in the seventh (2-5). They then retired ALC 1-2-3 in the final inning to preserve the win.
At the plate, senior Dalton Cornett would finish 2-3 with a double. He scored 1 run as well.
Three pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club with Chase Conley suffering the loss, despite a solid outing. He allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 4.2 innings while whiffing 5 batters.
The visitors outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 9-5 and played error-free ball compared to ALC’s 2 errors.
Game 2: Alice Lloyd-1; WSL-5
Things started out well as ALC took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, courtesy of 1 error and a single (1-0).
WSL would knot things up in the third (1-1) before impressive pitching from both clubs controlled the contest until the sixth.
Unfortunately, in the top of the sixth, 2 singles, a hit batsman, and a crucial error would open the floodgates for four Laker runs to cross the plate (1-5).
The hosts attempted to rally as the first two batters reached base in the sixth, as did the opening batter in the seventh, but the guests held both times to preserve the win.
At the plate, sophomores TJ Mullins and Noah Dingess rapped 3 and 2 singles respectively, while Cornett added a double.
Four pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club with Dawson Beckett suffering the tough loss, despite a second-consecutive solid outing. He allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in five innings while whiffing 7 batters.
The visitors outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 8-7 and committed 1 error compared to ALC’s 2.
Game 1: Alice Lloyd-2; WSL-5
This time, the Ohio squad would spread 4 runs over four innings to lead, 0-4.
The Eagles earned one back in the fourth as two singles helped squeeze the run home (1-4). However, WSL would gain that solitary run right back in the fifth (1-5).
The Eagles had two men on in the sixth but did not reap the benefits. Finally, in the seventh, things started off well as Mullins blasted a fastball over the left-field wall (2-5).
Then an error and single brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. Unfortunately, a long fly ball to right field would put the game on ice for Wright State.
At the plate, Cornett and Dingess would both smack 2 hits.
Five pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club with Logan Hankins suffering the loss. He allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 2.2 innings while whiffing 4 batters.
The visitors outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 12-7, as each squad committed 1 error.
Game 2: Alice Lloyd-6; WSL-8
Things started out poorly as ALC gave up 4 runs and a home run over the first four innings (0-4).
In the bottom of the fourth, 2 walks, 2 steals, and 2 errors would allow ALC to trim two runs off the lead (2-4), but the visitors would respond.
In the fifth, four well-placed hits would lead to a flurry of 4 runs (2-8). Alice Lloyd attempted to fight back as they responded in the bottom half with 4 runs of their own (6-8). 2 singles, coupled with doubles from seniors Cornett and Wyatt Crisp, earned the valuable runs back, and there were still runners on base.
Disappointingly, a pitching-change by the visitors stopped the bleeding. They would then seal the deal in both the sixth and seventh, even striking out the side in the final at-bat.
At the plate, sophomore TJ Mullins and senior Alex White both smacked 2 singles.
Four pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club with Branham suffering the loss, He allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in four innings.
The visitors outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 13-8 and won despite leading in errors, 4-1.