COLUMBUS, Ga. – Five squads head into Sunday with 3-1 marks after day two of the 2020 NAIA Leadoff Classic concluded at the South Commons Softball Complex. Georgetown, Southeastern, Truett McConnell and William Carey each posted 2-0 marks, while the other 3-1 squad Mobile went 1-1.
The final day of the tournament kicks off with five games at 9:00 a.m. and closes with two more at 11:00 a.m.
Georgetown put up 10 runs against Brenau and then walked off with an eight-inning 4-3 triumph over Thomas. In game one, Lindsay Mitchell went 4-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBI to power the Tigers to a 10-1 (5) win over Brenau. She also scored two runs and was a double away from the cycle. Carley Oliver had a pair of doubles, three runs and two RBI, while Madie Sims went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Audrie Dodd held the Tigers to a run on two hits with two punchouts. In its second contest, Georgetown scored two in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 3-3 and walked off when Allie Watson singled to right center with one out in the eighth.
Southeastern topped Thomas More 7-1 and Reinhardt 6-3. The Fire received a combined two-hitter from Megan Froehlich and Kristyn Dexter, with Dexter firing the last four innings to earn the win. After the Saints scored a run in the top of the first, the Fire answered with three of their own in the bottom half of the frame and tacked on two in the third and fourth, respectively. Chloe Woeste finished 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for Southeastern. Against the Eagles, the Fire used a five-run third and held on for the three-run victory. A two-run double by Sam Holcomb opened the scoring in the third. RBI base knocks by Bailee Moll, Lauren Watters and Kaley Sarasty pushed the lead to 5-0.
Truett McConnell upended Coastal Georgia, 9-1 and No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett, 4-1. The Bears recorded 10 hits and Bethany Hyde tossed a no-hitter in the six-inning win over Coastal Georgia. The Bears were led offensively by Jaden Morrison, who was 3-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases, along with Sarah Wills (2-4, 3 RBI) and Mattie Brooks (2-3, 2 RBI). Hyde fanned five, walked two and allowed an unearned run. Against the Grizzlies, the Bears grabbed a 3-0 first-inning lead and did not look back. Karley Hobbs went the distance, allowing a run on six hits with one strikeout. Truett McConnell’s big hit in the first was a two-run single by Alicia Price. They added the fourth run with a leadoff homer by Ellie Abner in the second.
Powered by an eight-run second, William Carey opened day two with a 13-0 (5) win over Thomas More and capped it off with a 5-4 triumph in eight innings against Lawrence Tech. In the third against the Saints, the Crusaders sent 13 batters to the plate, recorded five hits (three doubles) and took advantage of two walks and three hit batters. Taylor Spencer tossed the four-hit shutout with four punchouts. In its nightcap, Carey used back-to-back sacrifices — the second a successful squeeze by Mary Blair Odom in the top of the eighth — to forge ahead 5-4 and then turned a 4-6-3 double play in the bottom half to secure the win over the Blue Devils.
Trailing 3-1, Mobile pushed across five runs in the bottom of fourth, lifting it to a 7-3 win over Warner. The big hit in the frame was a three-run, bases-clearing double by Jaden Morace, followed two batters later by Allison Vincent’s two-run homer.
Coastal Georgia used a three-run first and went on to top No. 7 Mobile, 4-1. A two-run double by Paige Alt and a run-scoring base knock by Bree Wells gave the Mariners the early lead. Another RBI double by Wells pushed the advantage to 4-0 in the third. Alt held the Rams to a run on two hits with three strikeouts.
Brenau picked up its first win of the tournament, 5-2 over Rio Grande. A leadoff home run by Faith Groomer and a bases-loaded walk gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the third. After the RedStorm cut it to 3-2 in the fifth, the Tigers added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to secure the victory.
Warner wrapped up Classic play with a 2-1 mark on Saturday and 3-2 overall. The Royals defeated No 13 Campbellsville and Brenau, but fell to No. 7 Mobile. Yesterday’s offensive star, Ashton Owen, came up big for the Royals again in their first of three games. She capped off a comeback with a walk-off RBI single with no outs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win over Campbellsville. After falling behind 3-0, a three-run double by Avery Cotterill evened the contest in the bottom of the third. Cotterill would score the winning run after leading off the seventh with a double. In their 6-4 triumph over Brenau, Owen, Caitlyn Ockey and Madison Servo each had two hits. Shelton Kendrix, Kasey Blair and Karly Smith all hit solo homers for the Tigers.
Campbellsville earned a 9-1 six-inning win over Rio Grande. The Tigers registered 12 hits, led by Tori Humphrey (3-4, 4 RBI, 2 R) and Dana Adkins (2-2, 2B, 3 R). Lawrence Tech picked up its first win of the tournament with a 2-0 blanking of Reinhardt. Alexa Cherney twirled a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts.
Georgia Gwinnett also earned its first triumph of the Classic with a 14-4 (5) run rule of Thomas. The Grizzlies scored six in the first and five more in the second and cruised to the win. They registered 16 hits over four innings. Sydney Pelaez paced GGC, going 3-for-3 with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored.
Bryan and No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan split a twinbill. The 14th-ranked Wildcats took the opener, 8-6, while the Lions earned a 7-4 win in game two. In game one, Indiana Wesleyan raced out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. The first two of those coming on a first-inning, two-run triple by Elisa Koshy, who finished with two triples and four RBI for the contest. Bryan cut it to 6-4, but the Wildcats were able to hold on for the win.
A two-run homer by Miranda Wehrle opened the game-two scoring in the top of the first for the Wildcats. However, the Lions would respond with four in the bottom half of the first to take the lead for good. Hannah O’Shields tied the game with a two-run double. An error and RBI single by Maryah Sober pushed it to 4-2. Three more in the fifth made it 7-2. Indiana Wesleyan would score a couple of late runs, but Bryan withstood the rally and captured the victory.