Mobile’s Mayret Perez singled and scored in a three-run fourth and then homered in the fifth to lead the Rams to the 2006 NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic championship Saturday evening. 

Oklahoma City jumped on top with a run in the first. Kate Beasley doubled to lead off the game, and she scored as Cat Calvert drove her in with a base hit. Mobile answered in the bottom half of the first as Evelynne Pare singled to center. With one out, Angelica Yriguyen singled to second, and Perez scored Pare with a ground out to third. 

Yriguyen, who earned a place on the all-tournament team, led off the three-run fourth with a single to short. Perez followed with a single to right, and Maribel Riera completed the trifecta with a single to left. Carey Race reached on an error that allowed one run to cross the plate, and Kristen Hayes walked in a run. Taylor Lee Phillips followedwith another run before a strikeout closed out the frame. 

Perez added an insurance run in the fifth as she crushed a long home run that nearly escaped the back fence. 

Oklahoma City tried to rally in the seventh as Jill Vaughn singled to plate Beasley, but Linden Jones struck out Randi Scheer to end the threat. 

Jones allowed five hits and gave up two runs while striking out nine. Daria Shembereva went six, giving up five runs, two earned on seven hits with seven strikeouts. 

Gold Bracket Consolation Final 

St. Gregory’s Holds Off Trevecca Nazarene for Gold Consolation Title 
Laura Mehl went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Lacey Owens added a couple more hits as St. Gregory’s held off Trevecca Nazarene 6-5 in the gold bracket consolation final. 

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Lady Cavaliers claimed the lead with a three-run burst. Owens started the inning with a single, and advanced on an error that allowed Michelle Andrew to reach. Jessie Munson then scored Owens with a sacrifice fly to right. With two away in the frame, a walk set up Sheena Harrison’s two-run double. 

Trevecca tied the game in the second with a Maria Trapani double and Laura Redmon’s two-run home run. The lead changed again in the bottom of the second as Owens drove in Laura Mehl. 

They extended the lead with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. Trevecca threatened on Redmon’s two-out double in the sixth, but Sharon Bell worked out of the inning and sat down the side in the seventh to hold on for the win. 

Bell took the win in relief, giving up two runs on three hits. Beth Castner suffered the loss for Trevecca Nazarene, allowing six runs on eight hits. 

Silver Bracket Championship 

Gregory Holds Southern Oregon Bats in Check to Win Silver Bracket 
Heather Dailey doubled and Ashley Eller scored her on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning as Faulkner claimed the silver bracket championship with a 1-0 victory over Southern Oregon. 

The single run was plenty as Amber Gregory hurled a two-hit shutout with a pair of strikeouts to hold on for the victory. 

Heather Dailey kicked off the fifth with a double to center. Katie Godfrey advanced her with a single and Tori Means loaded the bases with a walk. Eller then grounded into the fielder’s choice that scored Dailey with the lone run of the game. 

Jessica Tomlinson collected a pair of hits in the game for the Lady Eagles. 

Cat Cousins was saddled with the loss despite giving up the lone run on five hits with three strikeouts. 

Silver Bracket Consolation Final 

William Woods Knocks Off Virginia-Wise 3-2 
William Woods scored the deciding run in the fourth inning as the Owls claimed the silver bracket consolation final with a 3-2 win over Virginia-Wise Saturday night. 

The Owls staked winning pitcher Samantha Frevet to an early 2-0 lead as Rachel Baker doubled to drive in Lynnzie Trustee, who led off the game with a single. 

They added a run in the fourth on Brooke Gastineau’s sacrifice fly that scored Mandy Henke after she doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. 

Virginia-Wise got a run-scoring single from Dani Benton and an RBI double from Shelly Newton but left the tying run at second base. 

Bronze Bracket Championship 

Beck Double Lifts Ohio Dominican to Bronze Title in Nine Innings 
Katalin Beck capped a 2-for-4 game with a walk-off double in the ninth that lifted Ohio Dominican to a 4-3 win over Brescia and the bronze bracket title. 

Brescia took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but the Bobcats answered in the bottom of the second behind back-to-back doubles from Stephanie Bowshier and Beck. Abby James added a single to the frame. 

After ODU took a 3-2 lead into the seventh, Bresica’s Jenny McConnell singled to score Cindi Langley, who walked and moved to third on a double from Holly Barnes. 

In the ninth Bowshier took third on the international tie-breaker ruling, and Beck immediately followed and drilled the 1-0 offering from off Jenny Hall to the gap in right to claim the victory. 

Bronze Bracket Consolation Final 

Columbia Gets Five in Last Two Frames to Take 5-1 Win Over William Penn 
Columbia College scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to rally from a 1-0 deficit and claim the bronze bracket consolation final. 

Kendra Koch went the first four innings without allowing a run, but William Penn finally broke through with a home run from Ashley Brant in the fifth. 

Lady Statesman starter Meghan Oden held the Cougars in check until the three-run sixth. The Cougars tied the game as Ashley Perrigo, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs blasted a solo home run with one away in the frame. Rachel Brawner was hit by a pitch, and Marcie McMahon singled to put runners in scoring position. Roberta Shirey loaded the bases with a single to center, and Stephanie Stowe put Columbia on top with her single to left. 

Stephanie Kababie added the third run with her run-scoring sacrifice fly to left. The Cougars added two more in the seventh as Perrigo hit her second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot.

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