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The Softball Tigers exploded for nine runs against University of Virginia College at Wise (22-25) in the opening game against of a double elimination Mid-South Conference Tournament Friday in Danville, but could have used some of that in a one-run loss to University of Rio Grande (23-19) in the night cap.
Georgetown College (30-13) must fight for its life now starting 11:30 a.m. Saturday against Lindsey Wilson College (40-7). The top two teams lost on the first day to set up the showdown early on day two.
University of the Cumberlands, which had to battle its way in with a play-in series Monday, beat No. 13 Blue Raiders in game one to knock them into the loser's bracket.
The Tigers were in a goose egg tie with Rio through four innings, but seemed to get the hit they needed with a two-run homerun for senior Whitney Ealey, which would have been her second of the day. But, Chelsea Riney was called out for leaving the base too early for the third out of the inning.
GC shutdown the RedStorm again and pushed across the game's lone run when Mallory Johnson scored on Jordan Clemons single. The lead would stand until the bottom of the seventh. Rio scored two runs for the win.
Game one everything was clicking, as GC scored nine runs for a mercy-rule win in six innings, highlighted by a base-clearing triple by Riney and Ealey's home run. Defensively, Michelle Dresselhaus held the Cavaliers in check most of the day. Wise pushed across a run for a 3-1 game, but would never get any closer.
The last time the Tigers won the tournament, back in 2009, they rallied out of the loser's bracket.