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Lindsey Wilson College softball, ranked No. 8 in the nation, need three home runs to hand Georgetown College, which is receiving votes, a pair of losses Thursday in Georgetown. The Blue Raiders rallied for a 4-2 win then used two, two-run shots for a 4-1 win.
LWC trailed much of game one following a solo home run by Cassidy Taylor. The junior led off the third and drove the first pitch over the center field fix at the Tiger Softball Complex. It appeared all the home team needed for pitcher Kayla Williams.
Georgetown even added an insurance run in the sixth when Chelsea Riney reached on a dropped fly ball. The senior advanced on a sacrifice bunt and stole third, setting up the RBI single by Shelby Engle. The Tigers took the 2-0 lead into the final inning. LWC doubled the offensive output when the team was down to the final three outs. The Blue Raiders had six hits and scored four runs to pull off the comeback win.
As Georgetown College softball finished up a road swing, the Tigers took another pair of games to improve to 23-9 and 18-6 in the Mid-South Conference. It was a couple of late inning rallies that helped to make the difference against University of Pikeville Saturday.
GC held a 4-1 lead for the early portion, but UPike cut the deficit to two with a run in the fourth. The Tigers responded with two of their own in the fifth and five in the sixth for a third mercy-rule win over the weekend.
Game two was much tighter and the Bears (11-22, 7-17) were clinging to a 1-0 edge heading into the seventh inning. The Tigers came out swinging. Coach Thomas Thornton made some hitting changes, which ended up paying dividends. Sydney Goyette came in to bat for Hayden Seng and ripped a three-run home run over the left field fence. GC won 3-1.
Georgetown College softball hit the road for back-to-back days of doubleheaders. The Tigers, which are now receiving votes opened the weekend on fire at Bluefield. Chelsea Riney and Taylor Shaw connected on homeruns, while Kayla Williams held down the Rams in a 10-2 win of game one. Game two was very similar, Georgetown on top 10-1. Each game was a mercy-rule win, not needing more than six innings in either game.
All No. 22 Campbellsville University managed against Jessica Claxton was a pair of solo homeruns, not enough to defeat Georgetown College in game two of the doubleheader. GC (19-9, 14-6) scored two runs in the third and put it out of reach with three more in the fifth in a 5-2 win that gives the team the home sweep of CU.
It is a home-and-home split for these two teams battling for position in the Mid-South Conference. Campbellsville (25-13, 12-8) came in Saturday dead even with Georgetown at 12-6. The two wins keep the Orange & Black in second, while CU falls to fifth.
Hayden Seng got the rally going with a one-out single. Taylor Shaw used her speed, catching Campbellsville off-guard with a bunt single. Chelsea Riney sacrificed the pair into scoring position and Emily Snow took care of the rest. The sophomore lined a single into left that scored Seng and Shaw.
The two seniors led the charge as the Georgetown College Tiger softball team erased a 1-0 deficit against No. 22 Campbellsville University. Taylor Shaw and Chelsea Riney opened with back-to-back infield singles, advanced on a fielder's choice and scored off a rocket single from Shelby Engle.
Engle ripped a ball at second that just glanced off the glove and into the outfield allowing the two senior speedsters more than enough time to make it a 2-1 game in Georgetown's favor.
Engle and Emily Snow scored off Sandy Young's three-run bomb, giving GC (18-9, 13-6) all the insurance runs it needed.
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