Tigers wait to celebrate with Sandy Young after her three-run homerun. Photo by Richard Robards
Danville, Ky. – It has been some timely hitting from Georgetown College's sophomores that have helped the team book a date in the winner's bracket of the Mid-South Conference Tournament. The Tigers (34-12) watched a three-run edge slip away, but Emily Snow's RBI double put her team ahead for good.
GC won the rubber match with Campbellsville University 5-4 Friday morning in at Millennium Park in Danville, Ky. Cumberland University beat top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College in the other winner's bracket semifinal for a 4 pm showdown to see who gets the first spot in Sunday's final.
Georgetown seemed to be going down quietly against relief pitcher Taylor Wroe. She came in with two on in the fifth with no outs and struck out the side. Wroe set the first two hitters in the sixth down before Chelsea Riney came up to bat. With the game tied 4-4, the senior drilled an infield single to start the winning rally.
"I just knew it was time to get it done," Riney said. "I wasn't sure where it went, I was just off and running. When I saw the ump give the safe sign I could take a deep breath. Once Emily hit it, knowing it was headed to right field, I knew I could make it home. Rounding third and seeing it drop, I just wanted to celebrate. But, I knew we had a defensive inning left so we needed to stay focused and keep our emotions steady."
Riney stole second, making her 29-of-31 this season in stolen bases.
Snow's ball got caught in the wind as it was heading to right field and tailed away just enough from the diving Alyssa Barker and dropped in fair.
Georgetown's defense made it hold as junior pitcher Kayla Williams came on for the save. She got the first two batters to pop and line out to Chelsae Osborn. However, CU mounted one final rally. The Lady Tigers singled and reached on an error to have runners at second and third. Then a routine grounder to Osborn was handled and fired to Shelby Engle to preserve the win.
Snow had an RBI double to start the game Thursday against St. Catharine College and then it was fellow sophomore Sandy Young with a grand-slam to put that game out of reach. Against Campbellsville it was in reverse order. With GC down 1-0, Young took a 2-1 count over the left field fence for a three-run shot.
She was 2-11 against the Lady Tigers this season, including three games of 0-8. But, when it has matter Young has swung the big stick. She had a three-run shot in Georgetown against CU and then another deep blast.
For the tournament the Scottsville, Ky. native is 2-for-4 with two homeruns, seven RBIs and a walk.
Jessica Claxton had another stellar performance. The freshman went six innings in the win with one strikeout. She had a shaky start hitting the first batter, walking the third and two wild pitches to give Campbellsville a run without a hit.
CU did most of its damage with two outs. Three of the team's runs came with two outs including two that tied the game in the top of the sixth. A single brought in the first run and a wild throw scored the second for a 4-4 game.