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Sometimes in life things seem scripted by Hollywood. It had the perfect ending feeling on Senior Day for Georgetown College softball. The team rallied for a 2-1 win to make the between game festivities a bit sweeter.
The Tigers were trailing 1-0 against Mid-South Conference foe University of the Cumberlands. GC (32-12, 27-9 MSC) squander a one-out single by Sandy Young. The sophomore stole second and third on back-to-back pitches putting her 60 feet from tying the game.
A pop up and a hard line out to the pitcher ended that threat, setting the stage for some magic from the seniors.
In an interesting mix of passing the torch feel two seniors, a sophomore and a pair of freshmen ignited the comeback.
Georgetown coach Thomas Thornton's seniors Taylor Shaw and Chelsea Riney were due to hit second and third in the bottom of the seventh. Rookie Hayden Seng started with a pinch-hit double, Shaw traded places with her with a double that hit the top of the left center fence for a one all game. Chelsea Riney singled to move Shaw to third with no outs. Emily Snow walked to load the bases intentionally. Rookie Sydney Goyette then ripped a sacrifice fly that easily scored Shaw and the game was over.
"We make it interesting sometimes," Thornton said with a smile. "Senior Day is always one of those really tough days all the way around. Emotions are high and it never gets any easier.
"I can't say enough about my group this year. Chelsea, Taylor and Kelsey (Krueger) have meant so much to this team and program. All three would do anything I ask of them and that is the type of leadership you want to see from top to bottom."
Riney and Young were the lone Tigers with multiple hits in game one. The senior was 2-for-4 and the sophomore went 2-for-3. Krueger and Shaw both collected a hit and played the middle infield for game one.