Augusta, GA: On March 20th the Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles (3-17) journeyed to the Peach State to face NCCAA foe Paine College in a four-game series. The Kentucky ladies would come away with 3 nice wins over the Lions.
Paine-13; Alice Lloyd-6
The hometown Lions knocked 15 big hits to take the victory in game 1.
The hosts got out strong with a big two-run blast in the first inning (2-0). Fortunately, ALC opened up their scoring in the second with 3 runs on three well-placed singles (3-2).
In the bottom of the second, Paine used a triple and a double to produce 5 more runs (7-3). ALC would gain 1 back in the fourth on an error (7-4) only to see PC put up a four-spot in the bottom of the inning, powered by another homer (11-4).
In the fifth, Lady Eagle Ellie Keene (C) would rope a double down the line to score a run (11-5), then scored herself on Baylee Cox’s (P) single (11-6).
Unfortunately, 2 more Lions runs in the sixth (13-6) would lift the home club to victory
Cox would lead the squad with 2 hits while Launa Ratcliff drove in 2RBI’s.
Cox suffered the loss on the mound as she was one of three pitchers for the Caney Creek club.
The Lady Eagles were outhit, 15-8, and committed 3 errors.
Paine-0; Alice Lloyd-9
The visitors were dominant on the mound as they evened up the series with a convincing win.
ALC scored 1 run in the opener on Keene’s single (1-0). They then plated 4 runs in the third, with Lyndsey Adkins (CF) triple starting the inning right (5-0).
After scoring 1 more in the fourth (6-0), the Pippa Passes ladies would produce a 3-run seventh inning (9-0). Ratcliff’s triple provided the damage that would sew up the split for the day.
For ALC, Maleigh McDaniel (P) and Keene both rapped 2 hits, with McDaniel and Ratcliff driving in 2-runs apiece.
Pitcher McDaniel was masterful, tossing a 4-hit shutout with 8 strikeouts.
ALC took the hitting battle 8-4 and played error-free ball.
Paine-2; Alice Lloyd-11
A 12-4 hitting advantage was just what the doctor ordered as the Lady Eagles took Game 1.
The hosts got out strong with a run in the first (1-0) only to see their Bluegrass visitors produce in the middle innings.
In the second, Baylie Compton (SS) doubled to plate 2 runs (2-1), but the main damage was done in the third.
In the third, doubles from McDaniel and Abigail Stambaugh (RF) led to a 4-run windfall (6-1), while in the fourth, ALC was gifted a run on an error (7-1).
Paine earned that run back in their half of the inning (7-2), but watched Alice Lloyd put the contest on ice in the fifth.
In that inning, doubles from Compton, Alexis Morris (1B), and Adkins led to another 4 runs, (11-2) and shut the door on the opener.
Adkins would go a perfect 4-4 at the plate while Compton drove in 3RBI.
Haley Howell went four solid innings on the mound to earn the win. She allowed just 4 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings of work. Cox came on in relief and took the save, striking out 2 of the 3 batters she faced.
The Lady Eagles won the hitting battle, 12-4, and committed 2 errors compared to Paine’s 3.
Paine-4; Alice Lloyd-13
Third-consecutive steady pitching and hitting performance earned the Lady Eagles a sweep on the day.
ALC scored 2 runs in the opener, but PC sliced the lead in half in their first at-bat (2-1).
The Caney girls promptly responded with a 4-run second. In that inning, 2 singles and 2 errors helped produce the damage (6-1).
Things remained unchanged until the fourth when an Eagle error and 2 singles benefited the home bunch (6-3).
The fifth saw each club score a run. Alice Lloyd went first on Baylie Compton’s single (7-3), only to watch the Lions use a long ball to gain it back (7-4)
The Pippa Passes club would step up big in the seventh to salt the day away. That was when doubles from Stambaugh and Compton, punctuated by a huge Adkins homer, produced 6 runs (13-4) to help chalk up the big win.
For ALC, Adkins had 3 hits and 3RBI while Keene and Compton both rapped 2 hits. Compton also recorded 4 RBIs.
Pitcher McDaniel was solid on the mound once more. She threw 5 innings and allowed 6-hits and 4 runs while whiffing 4. Cox earned her second straight save as she closed out the contest.
ALC took the hitting battle 10-7 and had 2 errors to PC’s 6.