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With the emotions clear and the focus readjusted, Georgetown College sent three seniors out on an excellent note. Chelsea Riney (Owensboro, Ky.), Taylor Shaw (Shelbyville, Ky.) and Kelsey Krueger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) played for the final time at Tiger Softball Complex.
GC hung a crooked number in the first three frames and went on to win 8-0 over University of the Cumberlands to finish off another Mid-South Conference season sweep. The three seniors accounted for three of the 10 hits and three of the eight runs.
"This is a special bunch," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "Of course I think that about all my seniors. This day is always so bittersweet. It is hard to believe it has been four years since Chelsea and Taylor stepped on this field and in front of the home crowd. They have been vital since day one. We only got Kelsey for two years, but she has been very similar in her hard work ethic and passion for this sport and this team that it feels as if she has been with Chelsea and Taylor since day one. We will miss this group, but fortunately we have more games to play."
The Tigers (32-12, 27-9 MSC) finished just ahead of Campbellsville University (26-10 MSC) for the second seed in the upcoming tournament in Danville, Ky.
"It was important for us to finish this week out strong," Thornton said. "We had eight games, and we won seven of those. We took care of busy today and sent our seniors out right."
Riney got it going with a lead-off triple in the bottom of the first. The speedster scored off a bunt single from Emily Snow. The sophomore worked her way around the bases through stealing and UC's attempt to catch her at third resulted in an errant throw and the early 2-0 lead.
GC scored three each of the next two innings. Cassidy Taylor's one-out single got the second inning going. Shaw roped a double to score the first run of the inning with two outs. The rally continued as Riney doubled in Shaw. The senior stole third and came home on a wild throw for a 5-0 lead.
Shelby Engle started the third with a single and stole second. Ashley Coppage's double scored Engle. Chelsae Osborn singled in Coppage. Osborn eventually scored on a double by Hayden Seng for the 8-0 lead.
Riney and Engle both went 2-for-3. Engle scored a run, while Riney scored two and had an RBI. Shaw was 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI and a walk.
Georgetown opens postseason play Wednesday.
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