MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Following a 14-0 five-inning victory over Wesleyan and a 2-1 battle against No. 2 seed Maryville, the Huntingdon softball team remains in the winner’s bracket of the 2010 Great South Athletic Conference Softball Tournament, which is being hosted by Huntingdon at Lagoon Park.
In the opener, senior P.J. Pringle knocked a pair of home runs and drove in six runs to lead the Hawks to a five-inning win over the Pioneers (2-29).
Senior LeighAnn Floyd finished 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and a run batted in, while junior Barton Hunter laced a bases-loaded double and drove in four. Pringle and junior Ashley Blocker each scored three times.
On the mound, the duo of senior Kayla Bratcher and freshman Sarah Solomon allowed just one hit during the contest, as Bratcher earned her first of two wins on the day with 3.0 scoreless frames.
Belle Thomas tallied the lone hit of the contest for the Pioneers, while Cheyanne Siebenaler took the loss in a complete game.
Against the Lady Scots (17-23), Blocker broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-strike bunt through a drawn-in infield, plating freshman Melissa McClure, who led off the frame with a walk.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the game when junior Mary Lawren Hill dropped down a suicide squeeze in the second inning, scoring senior Meagan Jackson, who started the inning with a seven-pitch walk.
McClure and Bratcher kept Maryville’s bats in check, allowing just six hits, while helping to strand eight Lady Scots on the base paths.
The Lady Scots scored their lone run on a throwing error by Hill, in which Lindsy Little came around from first to score. On the play, Little broke for second on a stolen base attempt, but Hill’s thrown hit Little’s helmet and ricocheted into left field, allowing the Scots’ second baseman to come around and score.
Bratcher picked up the win with 5.0 innings of four-hit relief, improving to 9-12 on the season. Sarah Reeder took the loss for the Lady Scots, allowing two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
The Hawks (22-20) will now take on top-seed Piedmont on Saturday at 2 p.m. With a win, Huntingdon advances to the Championship game on Sunday, but with a loss, it will play an elimination game immediately following the contest with Piedmont.
Tickets are 10 dollars per day for adults, while students from league schools’ are admitted free with a valid ID. Tournament passes are also available for $20.