BPC Lady Barons Softball Wins 4
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The Brewton-Parker Lady Barons softball team swept Blue Mountain on Friday and then took two from Stillman on Saturday. vs. Blue Mountain
Brewton-Parker softball hosted Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Friday afternoon to continue SSAC doubleheader play. The Lady Barons (14-12, 3-5 SSAC) swept the pair of afternoon games against the Toppers (10-12, 1-9 SSAC) with a 5-1 win and a 7-3 win.
The game opened with two scoreless innings from both teams. MacKenzie Tripp connected for a single in the first inning while Olivia Whitt produced a base hit in the second inning, but both base runners were left on. Brewton-Parker managed to strike first, placing three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Abby Cox was walked in leadoff position followed by a single from Alexis Bradshaw. The pair of runners advanced on a passed ball before Chloe Strickland bunted to bring in Cox. Tripp lined out to the left fielder but was able to bring home Bradshaw for the second run of the inning just before Strickland scored from a passed ball for the third score. Both teams were forced to leave a runner on base in the fourth inning after notching a single each. The Lady Barons found two additional runs in the fifth inning while producing two hits. Bradshaw connected for a leadoff single, stealing second, and third after reaching base. Strickland reached on a walk just before a ground out from Tripp to score Bradshaw. Abbey Flowers produced a single to left field, bringing home Strickland for the 5-0 lead. The Toppers finally answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Blue Mountain produced two hits and took advantage of a miscue from the Lady Barons which aided in the score. BPC was able to hold the Toppers back from producing anything else, sealing the 5-1 win in game one. The Lady Barons notched three more hits than the Toppers by outhitting BMC, 7-4. Bradshaw and Strickland both scored a pair of runs while Bradshaw led with two hits. Tripp led with two RBIs while Strickland and Flowers both recorded one. Josalin Whitten produced eight putouts with Tripp recording six assists. Natalie Hardy pitched all seven innings in the circle, allowing four hits and one run. She struck out two batters in the process.
The Lady Barons opened the scoring with a solo run in the bottom of the first inning. Strickland connected for a single to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Strickland crossed the dish as Tripp was able to land at second base after a dropped fly ball. Blue Mountain notched a pair of hits and received a free base on a walk, but fortunately for the Lady Barons, BMC left all three runners on base in the second inning. Brewton- Parker moved to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a run from Bradshaw. Bradshaw led with a double before advancing on a ground out and eventually coming home from an RBI line out from Tripp. The fourth inning was a similar result for Blue Mountain as the Toppers left a pair of runners on while producing two hits. The Lady Barons added another run in the bottom of the inning. Cailyn Snellgrove scored after Madisen Nelson and BryAnn Pound led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Blue Mountain began building up some offense with four hits and two runs scored across the fifth and sixth innings. The Toppers scored a run in both innings and notched a pair of hits in both as well to make the score 3-2 in favor of BPC. Brewton-Parker answered quickly in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four runs and notching four hits in the process. Pound, Snellgrove, Whitt, and Cox all scored while Pound, Whitt, Cox, and Strickland all produced a single. The Toppers scored one final run in the top of the seventh to move the score to 7-3. After giving up a triple early in the inning, the Barons managed to hold on to the lead to sweep the series. The Toppers outhit the Lady Barons 10-9 in game two. Both Strickland and Pound led BPC with two hits apiece. Both Bradshaw and Tripp notched two RBIs each while Snellgrove led with two runs scored. Nelson led with 11 putouts while Whitt and Tripp both recorded three assists each. Laykin Brown pitched all seven innings from the circle and gave up just two earned runs while striking out five batters and walking one.
Brewton-Parker softball hosted Stillman (Ala.) on Saturday afternoon for the 2022 Senior Day game, honoring five student-athletes.
Savannah Cook, Abby Cox, Natalie Hardy, Alexia Mays, and Erika Yatabe were the five seniors honored by the program along with Brewton-Parker College President, Dr. Echols.
The Lady Barons (16-12, 5-5 SSAC) swept the pair of games over the Tigers (12-20, 2-12 SSAC) with a 5-2 win in game one and an 11-3, five-inning win in game two.
Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning after a scoreless first inning. Josalin Whitten led with a single before Olivia Whitt connected on a sacrifice bunt which turned into an error for Whitten to round third base and score. Mays followed with a double to left-center field but was advanced on a ground out from Yatabe. The Lady Barons left Mays on base but closed the inning with the 1-0 lead.
Both teams were held scoreless for the third inning until Brewton-Parker tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 3-0. Cook led off the inning with a walk and two stolen bases until Whitt produced a sacrifice fly to score Cook. Mays notched a single followed by a single from Yatabe to put two runners on base. Cox connected for an RBI single to close out the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Stillman scored two runs to knock the deficit down to just one run. The Tigers utilized a single and a double to assist in scoring. Brewton-Parker responded in the sixth inning with a pair of runs to move the lead to 5-3. Whitten led with a walk followed by a single from Whitt. Mays then produced a sacrifice bunt to advance runners before Yatabe doubled up the middle to bring home both runners.
The Lady Barons shut the door on the Tigers in the seventh, forcing Stillman to leave two runners on while notching a hit to close out the game with the three-run lead.
The Lady Barons outhit the Tigers 7-5 with Mays and Yatabe leading with two hits each. Yatabe also led with the pair of RBIs while Whitten led with two runs scored. BPC produced five stolen bases with Cook leading with two.
On the fielding side, Whitten recorded six putouts with Hardy recording three assists.
Hardy pitched a complete game allowing five hits and two earned runs. She struck out one batter in the process.
The Lady Barons struck early with a pair of runs scored in the first inning. Chloe Strickland sin- continued from page
gled to right field and stole second before advancing to third on a passed ball. She then crossed the dish from a double off the bat of Abbey Flowers. Madisen Nelson knocked in a run with a single to score Flowers for the 2-0 lead.
Cailyn Snellgrove scored in the bottom of the second to move the BPC lead to three runs, scoring from an RBI groundout by Alexis Bradshaw. BPC took advantage of the Stillman miscue, as Snellgrove led the inning off by reaching base via an error.
Brewton-Parker added a pair of runs in the third inning with MacKenzie Tripp producing a leadoff home run followed by Flowers scoring from a Snellgrove single late into the inning for the 5-0 lead. The Lady Barons tacked on five additional runs, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cox led by reaching on an error followed by a single from Strickland to move Cox to third. Strickland proceeded to steal second base while Cox stole home to score a run. Both Tripp and Nelson walked to load the base before BryAnn Pound reached base via an error to score both Tripp and Strickland. Both Nelson and Pound scored from singles until the inning was shut closed. The Tigers began to produce some offense in the top of the fifth inning scoring three runs on three hits, but the Lady Barons managed to enforce the eight-run, run-rule with three singles and a run to win 11-3 and to secure the two-game series sweep.
Brewton- Parker outhit Stillman 12-6 with Flowers and Strickland both notching three hits each. Both Flowers and Snellgrove led BPC with two RBIs apiece while Strickland produced three runs. The Lady Barons tallied five stolen bases with Strickland and Cox both recording a pair.
Nelson led with eight putouts with trip notching four assists. In the circle, Laykin Brown pitched for all five innings. She gave up three earned runs and allowed six hits. She walked two batters and struck out a pair as well.
Brewton-Parker returns to action on Wednesday with a trip to Cochran, Ga., to face Middle Georgia at 2:00 p.m.