The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team took to the road on Thursday and Friday for a pair of twin bills. On Thursday, the squad journeyed to the Buckeye State to face Ohio University-Chillicothe for two. They then returned to the Bluegrass on Saturday to face the NCAA DII Kentucky State University Thoroughbreds in the state capitol for another double-dip. When the smoke had cleared, ALC earned 3 more big wins. The club now sports a 23-20 record, and the 23 victories and counting are a new school mark for wins in a season.
GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-18; OUC-9
The Lady Eagles overcame a slew of errors by pounding the stuffing out of the ball in the opener. The Caney Creek crew struck swiftly as they used a single, later followed by a double from freshman Baylee Cox (RF) to score twice (2-0).
Just one inning later, senior Samantha Sturgill (1B) and junior Abigail Stambaugh (CF) both laced doubles to plate 2 more runs (4-0). In the very next ALC at-bat, junior Alyssa Clark (LF) doubled, then promptly stole third. She then scored on a grounder (5-0). The tide actually turned in the bottom of the inning as OUC fought back with a big 5-spot. Three hits and 3 errors helped inflict the damage (5-5).
The Lady Eagles were obviously mad at themselves because they promptly scored 3 more in the fourth (8-5). 4 singles and a double off the bat of sophomore Lyndsey Adkins (2B) helped sooth the sting from the previous inning.
Alice Lloyd then really received some strong medicine in the fifth as the club smacked 6 hits, including 4 more doubles, to produce 6 huge runs. Suddenly, the Pippa Passes crew led 14-5. In the bottom half, the visitors got sloppy once again as they committed 5 costly errors to permit 4 runs to score (14-9).
However, once the game tightened, Coach Nathan Hall’s chargers promptly woke up again, scoring 4 runs in the sixth (18-9). The runs were produced by 4 singles, and a triple, courtesy of sophomore Elizabeth Mcintosh (C), and helped put the game out of commission.
At the plate, Clark finished 4-5, while Adkins, Sturgill, Stambaugh, and freshman Mackenzie Methax all laced 3 hits. Clark led with 4 RBI’s. Meanwhile, ALC sophomore pitcher Haley Howell and senior pitcher Mckenzie Brewer split the duties and were in top form, limiting the hosts to only 5 hits and 2 earned runs. Brewer took the win. ALC dominated in the hitting battle, 21-5, but 10 uncharacteristic errors made the game closer than it should have been.
GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 19, TF-2
The Lady Eagles played error-free ball and completely controlled the second game to take the sweep.
ALC launched an all-out-attack from the get-go as they pounded the ball to the tune of 7 first-inning runs. 3 singles and a Methax double were the main culprits (7-0).
The Ohio squad felt happy to earn 2 runs back in their opener (7-2), but the jubilation didn’t last long as the Lady Eagles steamrolled 5 more runs home in the second. (12-2). In the third, 3 more doubles led to a trio of runs (15-2).
In the fourth, ALC was at it yet again with 4 more runs. This time, a double from Sturgill, followed by 3 singles, and a triple from Adkins paid dividends (19-2). The hosts would then go down in order in both the fourth and fifth innings to end the night.
At the plate, sophomore Alexis Morris (2B) had 4 hits while Adkins, along with freshman Pauline Tolentino (RF), both added 3 more. Adkins provided 5 RBI’s. On the mound, Napier allowed only 5 hits and 2 runs to earn another win. Alice Lloyd took the hitting battle 19-4, and had 0 errors, compared to OCU’s 1.
GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-2; KSU-4
The hosts scored 2 quick runs (0-2), even though they had no hits. A walk and 2 errors permitted the runs to cross. After going hitless through three innings, the Lady Eagles responded in the fourth. Singles from Clark and Morris were well-timed (1-2). However, KSU earned the run right back and added an extra one with a homer in their half at-bat (1-4).
Later, ALC opened the final inning with consecutive singles as they looked to change the outcome. Unfortunately, the bases would only yield 1 run as the matchup ended on a long fly-out, and strike out (2-4).
At the plate, seven players each had 1 hit. On the mound, Howell gave up just 3 hits in 3.2 innings, but her squad was undone as they happened to not hit with their normal production. Alice Lloyd took the hitting battle 7-4, but had 2 errors, compared to KSU’s 1.
GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 14, KSU-7
The Caney Creek Clubbers spread 14 runs over seven innings to double-up their opponent and earn the split.
ALC hit the scoreboard first with a 2-run opener (2-0). Freshman Aspyn Branham’s (SS) double helped produce the scores.
KSU earned a single run in each of the next two innings to knot things up (2-2), only to see the guests regain the lead in the third on 2 errors and several sacrifice bunts (4-2). After Kentucky State sliced into the deficit in the bottom half of the third, (4-3), the Caney squad answered yet again with a 2 run fourth (6-3). 2 singles and an error were most helpful.
ALC received more important help in the fifth when a single and 3 big errors allowed them to score twice (8-3). The Thoroughbreds answered with 2 of their own (8-5), but the Pippa Passes bunch struck again by plating 3 runs in the sixth with 3 singles (11-5).
Once more, the hosts squeaked out a couple of runs in the bottom half (11-7), but Alice Lloyd finally laid the hammer down by responding yet again in the seventh with 3 more runs. (14-7). 2 singles and some nifty baserunning led to these insurance runs. Down to their last chance, KSU had no answer as they went down in the seventh.
At the plate, Adkins, Clark, Stambaugh, and Branham each had 2 hits. On the mound, Cox went 5.1 innings and earned the honors, allowing 4 earned runs while whiffing 6. Brewer came on to close the contest in relief. Alice Lloyd took the hitting battle 11-9, but KSU gifted the Lady Eagles with 9 errors.