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Kayla Williams took care of business in the circle and the Tiger softball team put up three runs in the seasons home-opener. The junior scattered three hits in a complete game shutout with one walk and five strikeouts.
"That's what we expect out of our number one pitcher," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "Kayla is very solid and consistent. Only two runners got to second all day as she kept the batters off balance."
Williams tallies her second win of the season as the Tigers took the 3-0 win over Shawnee State University to open Mid-South Conference play. Georgetown ran its overall record to 5-2 and 1-0 in conference.
Two runs off two hits in the second was more than enough offense. Sophomore Shelby Engle tattooed a 1-2 count to left field for her first homerun of the season. Sandy Young added the first insurance run. The sophomore was hit by a pitch and then motored around off a Kelsey Krueger single and then an error by the Bears centerfielder.
"We had seven hits, so we left some runs out there, but overall we got what we needed," Thornton said. "You can't always string hits together, but Shelby did a nice job with her first at bat of the day and got us going."
Young scored again when she reached on a fielder's choice. She stole second base and then came home on Kelsey Krueger's double.
Engle and Krueger each had two hits, while Chelsea Riney, Marissa Massie and Chelsae Osborn all had one.
SSU's hits came in the top of the first, fifth and seventh innings. Squelching some of the Bears hopes was also stellar Tiger defense. The highlight of game one was a special double play where Krueger made a leap snag of a fly ball up the middle catching Hannah Foster too far off first base. The senior turned and fired to Engle to end the inning.