Colonels split doubleheader with Lions
Game one of the doubleheader belonged almost exclusively to the Lions, as they showed no mercy winning 12-2 at the end of six innings. The highlight for Centre was in early in the game, when their bats came out hot in the bottom of the first; the inning which proved to be the only one where they scored. As a matter of fact, Centre's first batter, Alisha Russell (Pineville, KY) would single up the middle to start off what looked like a great game for the Colonels. Russell would then proceed to steal second and would be advanced to third off a grounder hit down the first base line by Brittany Sears (Lexington, Ky.).
Russell would score due to the hard hit single to left field by Katie Martello (Nicholasville, Ky.), earning the senior an RBI. Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) would follow up Martello reaching first on a fielder's choice that allowed Martello to advance to second off an error by the Lion's shortstop. With Martello on second and Young on first, Ashley Christian (Kingsport, Tenn) would hit a double deep to centre field, scoring Martello. The Colonels would end the inning with three hits, two runs and two left on base.
Unfortunately, Mt St Joe was not satisfied with letting the score stand at 2-0. The lions would put two runs across home plate in the top of the second off two hits, one of those a home run to left center by freshman Alli Lenos (Middletown, Oh.). The Lions defense would hold Centre scoreless for the remainder of the game, but their offense was far from finished after the end of the second inning.
Mt St Joe would go on the score two more runs in the top of the third, one in the top of the fourth and six runs would cross the plate in the top of the sixth. At the end of six innings, with Centre failing to score enough to force a seventh inning, the Lions would end game one of the doubleheader with 10 hits and 12 RBI's. Centre would equal the Lion's in the hitting category, with 10 of their own, but would also allow 10 batters to walk to first base compared to zero bases earned on balls by the Colonels.
Game two of the doubleheader would see the Colonels get to work early to avenge the earlier loss to the lions. Centre would jump out to an early lead in game one as well by scoring in the first inning. The score by Russell, who gained first on four balls thrown by the Lion's pitcher, would be unearned as it came after an error by the Mt St Joe first baseman that should have ended the inning for the Lions.
Although the single run in the first ended up being the only run needed by the Colonels to win, as the Centre defense and pitching kept the Lions from scoring a single run the entire game, the Colonels were not going to take any chances.
In the bottom of the fourth, with the score still sitting at 1-0 in favor of the Colonels, Young would single to right field and Tori Silcox (Crestwood, Ky.) would double to center field. With runners on second and third now, Christian would prove to Silcox that imitation is the best form of flattery by also hitting a double to center field; scoring both Young and Silcox.
The Colonels would finish with seven hits and four RBI's , while leaving seven on base. The Lions would also earn seven hits, but would only strikeout two batters, while Centre earned the "K" against four of the Mount's batters. Jessika Yong would earn the win for Centre after pitching six complete innings.
The Colonels will next compete against Rust College in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 19. The first game is set to begin at noon, after a brief ceremony to honor the Centre softball seniors.