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Lady Barons Fall To MGC

Courtesy of BPC

Brewton-Parker College softball traveled down the road to Cochran, Ga., to face SSAC rival Middle Georgia on Tuesday of last week.

The Lady Barons (16-14, 5-7 SSAC) dropped the pair of games to the Knights (21-9, 7-5 SSAC), 8-5, and 10-4.

Game 1

The Lady Barons left a runner on base as Chloe Strickland was the only BPC batter able to produce a hit in the top of the first inning. The Knights struck first with a solo run scored in the bottom half of the inning. Middle Georgia notched a pair of single base hits but left two runners on base to close out the inning with a 1-0 lead.

Brewton-Parker responded with a run of its own as Olivia Whitt knocked out a homer over the center-field fence to level the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the third, Middle Georgia reclaimed the lead with another run coming home for the 2-1 lead. BPC answered in the top of the fourth inning as the Lady Barons took advantage of a single from Abbey Flowers and an MGA error. Pinchrunning for Flowers, Leah Henry crossed the dish off a dropped fly ball to tie the game at 2-2.

The Knights took control of the scoreline yet again with a solo run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Middle Georgia produced two hits and took advantage of a BPC fielding miscue to help score the run.

Brewton-Parker dealt with the deficit quickly by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Lady Barons notched three hits and closed out their side with a pair of runners still on base. Abby Cox, Alexis Bradshaw, and Strickland scored. Cox and Flowers produced a single each with Strickland notching a double. Five runs were scored by the Knights in the sixth inning as Middle Georgia connected for a pair of hits and were gifted three errors from the Lady Barons. MGA’s fortunate boosted them to an 8-5 lead with just three outs left to play. MacKenzie Tripp doubled in the seventh, but the rest of the BPC batters popped out to end the game. The Knights outhit the Lady Barons 9-7 for game one. Both Strickland and Flowers produced a pair of runs each with Strickland also leading the Lady Barons with two RBIs. Josalin Whitten recorded eight of BPC’s putouts with Tripp assisting three. Inside the circle, Natalie Hardy pitched for six innings. She gave up three earned runs, walked two batters, and struck out one.

Game 2

Middle Georgia produced a high-scoring second inning to jump out to a swift 7-0 lead after a scoreless first inning. The Knights were the beneficiaries of four errors by the Lady Barons on top of the five hits recorded.

Cailyn Snellgrove singled to lead off the third inning for BPC but was left on base. Middle Georgia added two additional runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 9-0 lead. The Knights produced three hits and took advantage of another fielding miscue from the Lady Barons.

Brewton-Parker managed to finally find some hits in the top of the fourth inning. The Lady Barons notched four hits but left three runners, scoring just one run. Strickland led with a single followed by Tripp connecting for a single to right field. Madisen Nelson and BryAnn Pound both produced singles which Tripp scored on Pound’s base hit. The Knights notched a pair of base hits and scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 10-1. Brewton- Parker gained three runs back in the fifth inning. The Lady Barons notched four hits with the Knights producing three errors to assist BPC’s baserunning efforts.

Brewton-Parker connected for two hits in the sixth inning, but the Lady Barons were unable to produce any scores for the remainder of the game, closing out with the 10-4 loss. Both teams produced 11 hits each. Tripp and Pound led BPC with two hits each while Flowers and Pound led the team with two RBIs each. Tripp also led with two runs scored. Nelson recorded five putouts followed by Strickland with four. Laykin Brown pitched the entire game, recording seven earned runs. She struck out two batters and walked one as well.

The Lady Barons return to play on April 6 at Faulkner (Ala.).

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