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This past weekend was like any other out at Marshall Park – buzzing with softball action. Starting Friday evening Georgetown played host to the Special Olympics Region 2 Tournament with the winning teams booking their tickets to the state tournament.
Inside the one region is multiple divisions and seven or eight winners emerged from Georgetown as champions. The weekend kicked off Friday evening and wrapped up around 5 pm Saturday.
Volunteering for the two-day tournament was Georgetown College softball coach Thomas Thornton and his players, helping Special Olympics Kentucky make the weekend run smoothly.
Georgetown College softball came up a game shy of battling out of the elimination bracket of the Mid-South Conference tournament Monday.
The Tigers (32-14) bounced back as best they could after an epic 15-inning battle to start the day. Georgetown scored first, but could not hold off CU (41-14). Campbellsville scored three in the bottom of the fourth and held on for the 3-1 win.
It was the fifth meeting between these two teams and all of CU's wins came from the long ball. Heather Oakley's two run blast broke open the 1-1 tie and gave her team enough breathing room to advance to the elimination finals.
Georgetown College softball etched its name in history Monday at the Mid-South Conference softball tournament. The Tigers and University of Virginia College at Wise played an epic 15-inning game (that is two full games and an inning), which is the fourth longest in NAIA. GC came out on top 6-5 with an RBI single from freshman Sandy Young to score senior Hillary Plain.
The two-plus game saw a seventh inning rally by the Tigers. Senior Mallory Johnson singled and an error on fielding the ball allowed Marissa Massie, running for Shelby Engle, to score the tying run.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Shelby Engle came in with ice water in her veins and helped softball stay alive in the elimination bracket Saturday at Domtar Park.
The freshman relieved Katie Mann and shutdown University of Rio Grande long enough to allow herself a chance to hit two homeruns – a solo and a three-run – as the Tigers (31-13) rallied for a 4-1 win. The defense twice stonewalled the RedStorm (22-19). Rio loaded the bases once with one out and came away scoreless, then started an inning by getting two on but no one scored.
Georgetown College softball faced a 4-1 deficit with just two more innings to go. But the pressure against No. 20 Campbellsville University did not show. The GC Tigers took the Mid-South Conference showdown in stride, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Cassidy Taylor came up and cleared the bases for a tie game and eventually came around on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Shaw for the 5-4 win. Georgetown improves to 28-11 and 18-7, while CU is now 31-12 and 19-4.
"We were ready to battle and defend our home field," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "Good things were happening, but we just weren't stringing them together. We did that in the sixth."