Softball season ends with strong Great South Tournament run
April 28, 2012
Maryville, TN-The Salem College softball team split 2 Great South Tournament games today. The Spirits defeated Agnes Scott 6-5 in a back and forth game. They lost to Maryville 3-0 in an elimination game that ended Salem's season. The Scots went on to defeat Piedmont to head to the championship against Huntingdon tomorrow. Salem finishes their season with a 13-22 overall record.
The No. 6 seeded Spirit sent the No. 4 seeded Scotties home with a 6-5 decision with a strong first inning. Salem put four runs on the scoreboard in their first at-bat, recording five hits and taking advantage of one Agnes Scott miscue.
Salem extended their lead to 5-0 after leadoff hitter Shelby Drummond (Boone, NC) singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Amber Bass (Clinton, NC) promptly sent Drummond home with a sacrifice fly.
Agnes Scott would whittle away Salem’s lead over the next three innings scoring two runs in the second, a run in the third, and tied the game 5-5 in the fourth inning.
Salem scored their game-winning run in the fifth when Kayla Kennedy (Goldsboro, NC) singled, was sacrificed to second, and was driven in by a Kristi Morton (Trussville, AL) single to right center field.
Julia Blattner suffered the loss on the mound with five innings of five hit relief. Abby Settles (Reidsville, NC) earned her second tournament victory with a complete game effort scattering 11 hits.
In the Maryville game, back to back RBI’s by Leah Kelley and Hannah Youngdeer gave Maryville a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brittany Henry led off the third inning with a triple and scored on a Taylor Dockery ground out to finish Maryville' scoring. Henry scattered four hits with three strikeouts to earn her second mound victory of the day. Salem finished their season with a pair of wins in the GSAC tournament.