Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles (17-32) closed the softball season in the Mideast Region Tournament. The Lady Eagles hosted the Oakland City Lady Oaks (20-26) in a best-of -three series to determine who would represent the region in the NCCAA Softball World Series next week in Kansas City. In the end, the Pippa Passes club would fall in three games.
GAME ONE: OCU-9; Alice Lloyd-3
The Hoosier Club took the lead in their final at-bat and used a 1-hitter to take the opening game win
In the first game, Alice Lloyd actually would play as the visiting team. They would draw first blood with 2 runs in the second inning, assisted by an Abagail Stambaugh (LF) single and three Oak errors (2-0). The score would then remain unchanged until the fifth.
The Indiana squad finally dented the scoreboard in the fifth as four singles, a double, and an error drove in a trio of runners (3-2).
The hosts knotted things in the next inning when an error placed Lyndsey Adkins (1B) on second. Two batters later, she would score on a sacrifice fly, and tie the contest at 3-3.
Unfortunately, in the bottom half of the sixth, 4 singles, 2 hit batters, and 2 wild pitched allowed 6 huge Oak runs to score. Suddenly, OCU led 9-3.
In the seventh, Oakland City would then retire the Lady Eagles in order to conclude the contest.
For the Caney Creek crew, Stambaugh had the lone hit of the day. Fellow senior Mackenzie Brewer (3B) drove in 2 RBI’s.
Pitcher Baylee Cox allowed 9 hits and 5 earned runs as the starter. She was relieved by Maleigh McDaniel, who suffered the loss, and Haley Howell.
OCU won the hitting battle, 11-1 but 5 Oak errors kept the game close until the end.
GAME TWO: OCU-5; Alice Lloyd-6
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 6-1 cushion, then held on late to force a third game.
ALC struck in the second inning. Baylee Cox singled, then stole second. Then, with two outs, Elizabeth Mcintosh (CF) teed off on a fast ball and drove it over the center-field fence. The hosts led 2-0.
The Lady Eagles earned 3 more scores in the fourth when 4 well-placed singled led to 3 runs (5-0).
OCU used a triple to plate their first run in the fifth (5-1), but the Pippa Passes squad made that back in their next at bat when a wild pitch brought in another score (6-1).
After being held to just 3 hits through the first five innings, the Oaks finally heated up in the sixth, as they opened the inning with 4 consecutive line drives to produced 4 runs (6-5). Fortunately, for the home fans, with one out and the tying run on second, the next two batters grounded to third to end the threat.
After putting Alice Lloyd down in order in the bottom of the sixth, OCU had one more chance. The guests would place runners on first and second with two outs to add to the drama, but Alice Lloyd pitcher Cox would then blow a fast ball by the final batter to end the day and tie the series.
For ALC, Cox and Mcintosh both went 2-3 and Mcintosh drove in 3 RBI’s.
Pitcher McDaniel took the win, allowing 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5 innings of work. Brewer tossed one inning while Cox earned the save in the final inning.
OCU led in hits (10-7) while both squads played error-free ball.
May 10: OCU-10; Alice Lloyd-1
The Indiana club came out in the fourth inning with a vengeance that would propel them to the championship.
The Oaks took the lead out of the gate as 3 singles and an error led to a 2-0 advantage. However, ALC’s Baylie Compton (RF) would lead off her team’s half of the inning with a big double. She would later scored on a ground-ball error (2-1).
Pitching was solid by both teams until the fourth. Unfortunately, in that inning, the tide drastically turned.
The Lady Oaks would unleash 5 single and 2 doubles, to produce 7 huge runs. The Ohio squad now led 9-1.
In the top of the fifth, OCU would plate a final run with a single and double (10-1). They would then seal the deal in the bottom of that inning. ALC would place two runners on base, with two outs, but a groundball to the shortstop ended the tournament.
For the Lady Eagles, Compton and Mcintosh both rapped doubles.
Pitcher Baylee Cox started and went 3.1 innings. She allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs. She was relieved on the mound by McDaniel, Napier, and Brewer.
Oakland City won the hitting battle 13-4 and saw ALC commit 3 errors.
Alice Lloyd will say goodbye to valuable seniors Mckenzie Brewer and Abigail Stambaugh, but Coach Nathan Hall returns everybody else back for next season.