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Easley, SC: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team took to the road on Tuesday and Wednesday to play in the NCCAA Softball World Series, hosted by the city of Easley, South Carolina. The pool-play format guaranteed each of the six participating squads three games, and a chance to play for the national title.

May 18

GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-1; CU-9

The sixth-seeded Lady Eagles opened play against the two seed, the Concordia University, Ann Arbor Cardinals (Minnesota.) The Cardinals pitching would dominate and take the contest in five, 9-1.

CU dented the scoreboard with two in the first (0-2), but this was only a taste of what was to come. Concordia then came out in the second and blew the game open with 7 big runs (0-9).

ALC earned one back in the third when Alyssa Clark drove in a run, but other than that, the Lady Eagles bats were kept in check all game long.

ALC hurt themselves, committing 2 errors and leaving 5 runners stranded on base.

Alice Lloyd only had 2 hits, provided by Pauline Tolentino (PH), and Lyndsey Adkins (SS).

Meanwhile, ALC sophomore pitcher Haley Howell went just 1.2 innings, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs, in suffering the loss. Senior Mckenzie Brewer tossed the final innings, allowing 2 hits with 1 earned run. in relief.

ALC suffered in the hitting battle, 9-2, and committed the only 2 walks of the contest.

 GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 6; Carolina 10

The Lady Eagles committed 4 costly errors which led to a tough loss in the second contest.

Carolina struck first with 2 runs in the opener (0-2), but the Pippa Passes club got 1 of those back in the bottom half. They then added 3 nice runs in the second to leap ahead, 4-2.

The score remained unchanged until the fourth when Alice Lloyd gifted their foes 4 runs, helped by errors (4-6), Coach Nathan Hall’s chargers then promptly knotted things again with a two-run fifth (6-6).

Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles returned the runs once again in the fifth as they gifted Carolina 4 more runs, assisted by the error bug (6-10). The Caney Creek club then went down quickly over the final two innings to drop the decision.

Adkins, junior Abigail Stambaugh (LF), and senior right fielder Alysa Clark all stroked 2 hits. Stambaugh drove in 2 runs.

On the mound, freshman Bayley Cox suffered the no-decision, allowing 3 hits and 6 runs in 3.2 innings. Howell suffered the loss in defeat

The Eagles took the hitting battle 8-7, but could not overcome the 4 errors.

May 19th

Alice Lloyd-6; Trinity Baptist-3

The Lady Eagles rode a big fourth inning to break away for the victory.

ALC struck first with 1 run in the opening inning (1-0), but saw their opponents answer to tie things in the bottom half (1-1)

Once again, ALC quickly responded. In the fourth, they plated 4 nice runs to pull away (5-1), They then got a crucial insurance run in the fifth (6-1).

Trinity Baptist earned 2 back in the sixth (6-3), but Howell promptly slammed the door to close the game.

Adkins stoked 3 hits to lead the way with her batting.

On the mound, Brewer opened, and tossed four innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs to earn the huge win. Howell, in relief, allowed no hits.

ALC won the hitting battle, 7-6, and had 1error compared to TB with 3 errors.