Pippa Passes, KY: The NCCAA Mideast Regional Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles opened up softball play on Friday, February 11th, when they hosted Bluefield College. Following are recaps of each contest.
BC-4; Alice Lloyd-2
Bluefield scored 3 early and then had to hold on for the victory.
The visitors opened up the scoring with 3 unearned runs in the first inning and added 1 more in the fourth inning on a wild pitch (0-4).
For ALC, they would plate 1 run in the fourth. Freshman Baylee Compton walked, then later advanced her way to third. She would eventually score on a sacrifice fly from senior Abby Stambaugh (1-4).
In the final inning, Alice Lloyd would see freshman Mackenzie Cowell run as a pinch hitter and score on a wild pitch (2-4). The Lady Eagles would then have the tying runs on second and third with only one out. Unfortunately, in need of one big hit, the next two batters would fly out to end the contest.
Six different Lady Eagles had hits, and junior Lyndsey Adkins knocked a double and stole a base.
Sophomore pitcher Baylee Cox suffered the hard-luck loss on the mound. She went five innings, allowing 7 hits and just 1 earned run while striking out 6 and walking 4. Senior Mckenzie Brewer tossed the final two innings allowing 1 hit,0 runs, and whiffing 2.
The Eagles hurt themselves by stranding 15 runners on base. They were outhit, 8-6.
BC- 11; Alice Lloyd- 1
The Lady Rams jumped out quickly and put the contest out of reach to earn the sweep.
BC opened the game with 3 runs on 4 hits to lead, 0-3, but ALC would respond with 1 of their own in their first at-bat.
In the bottom of that inning, Stambaugh and Adkins lined singles to dint the scoreboard for the home squad (1-3).
Unfortunately, Bluefield put up a big 5 spot in the next inning. Then, the Lady Rams would smack 7 hits and see 5 runners score to extend their lead (1-11).
In the meantime, the Lady Eagles would only add one more hit the remainder of the way.
Pitcher Hallie Cox earned the victory while junior Kursten Napier suffered the tough loss. She allowed 7 runs on 8 hits.
Bluefield took the hitting battle, 16-3.