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Georgetown College softball kicked off a 10-game stretch inside the Mid-South Conference by sweeping University of Virginia College at Wise this past weekend. The team battled for a 3-2 win in game one, then took care of business with a 9-3 victory to cap off the series.
The Tigers (23-9, 13-5 MSC) continue to distance themselves from the rest of the pack, while staying in the hunt with No. 12 Lindsey Wilson College (33-5, 17-3) and No. 25 Campbellsville University (25-9, 15-1).
"It is a good start to this stretch, especially on the road against a very tough Wise team," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "It is a hard place to play and before this weekend we were 3-9 in true road games."
Kayla Williams finished off her solid week in the circle with her third win. In 15 innings of work this past week, the sophomore allowed just 12 hits and only two runs. Both those came in the first inning against Wise, but Williams settled down to finish the game. She held off the Cavaliers, stranding seven runners, until the Tigers offense came to life in the sixth inning.
Taylor Shaw, Hillary Plain, Katie Mann, Shelby Engle, Madelyn Brown all singled and Sandy Young walked in that mix to give GC three runs without an out. Wise pulled starter Rachel Hawks and relieved her with Lannie Johnston to stop the bleeding, but the damage had already been done.
Williams came back out in the bottom of the sixth and seventh, gave up two more hits and stranded two as the Tigers held on for the victory.
Georgetown left nothing to chance in game two, scoring seven runs before the Cavs could even get on the board. The Tigers tallied four in the top of the first inning and knocking starter Allie Gross from the game after just a third of an inning.
"Unfortunately that seems to be our way this year," Thornton said. "One game we can't seem to get the offense going and then we turn around and tear the cover off the ball. Different pitchers bring different things and that of course plays into it as well. But, would love to see us become more consistent offensively and I think that will happen now that we are getting to play more with the weather being nicer."
This past week was the first in the spring season where Georgetown did not cancel any games or have to readjust the schedule for weather.
"It's been a wild season, probably the craziest I've seen in years, but you expect that with spring in Kentucky," Thornton said. "It's hard for different reasons and especially 30-plus games into the season, but I've been very happy with how the team has handled it all."
Georgetown added three more runs in the top of the third. Wise responded with its first two runs of the game in the bottom half of the inning. That's as close at it got. The teams traded runs in fifth and the Tigers added the final run in the sixth.
The final run was a lead-off, solo home run by Brown. It was her first of the season.
"Maddie works so hard and does anything and everything this team needs," Thornton said. "Everyone was really excited when she got a hold of that one.
"It was a good trip for us all the way around and hopefully will spark us as we continue this stretch run in league play."
Georgetown returns to action 3 pm Tuesday at Tiger Softball Complex against Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders took two games from the Tigers in Columbia earlier this season.