|Williams Baptist College (34-13 )||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||4||6||0|
|Georgia Gwinnett (50-8-1)||0||0||1||3||0||1||0||5||10||4|
|Lawrenceville, GA Grizzly Softball Complex|
|Williams Baptist College||Pitching||Georgia Gwinnett|
|Williams Baptist College||Indv. Stats||Georgia Gwinnett|
|None||Doubles||2 Players (#00,#21)|
Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The (24) Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles' season came to an end with a 5-4 loss to the (8) Grizzlies from Georgia Gwinnett College at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The Eagles came in as the three seed, while GGC, the host team, came in as the top seed. With the win, GGC advances to the Opening Round Championship against second seed Warner University. The games are being played at Grizzly Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
The Grizzlies came in as the fifth ranked team in the NAIA, while WBC came in as the 24th.
The game was tense, as was to be expected in an elimination game. Back-to-back singles by Madelyn Poe (JR/Beebe, Ark. ) and Jessica Dobbins (JR/Bradley, Ark. ) led the game off for WBC. Brooke Mason (SO/Bald Knob, Ark. ) then put down a sacrifice bunt. The bunt was perfect and GGC made an error on the throw, allowing Poe to come around and score.
The Lady Eagles doubled their lead in the second after two more errors by the Grizzlies. However, GGC fought back, scoring one run in the third and three runs in the fourth, giving them a 4-2 lead.
Williams showed their fight in the fifth, scoring two runs to tie the game. Madelyn Poe led the inning off with a walk. Jessica Dobbins singled, moving Poe to third. Head Coach Laura Tucker signaled in the squeeze play, and Brooke Mason dropped down a perfect bunt, scoring Poe. Dobbins would come around and score on a Laura Helmich (FR/Avilla, Ark. ) groundout, tying the game.
The decisive run came in the sixth for Georgia Gwinnett. A bloop single to left field, followed by a hit-by-pitch put runners on first and second with no outs. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, before a groundout scored the go-ahead run.
WBC finished the game with six hits. Madelyn Poe went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Jessica Dobbins 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ashley Lyons (SO/Vilonia, Ark. ) and Karoline Thomas (SO/Black Oak, Ark. ) each provided a single in the game.
Williams finishes the season with a 34-12 record, making it to the NAIA National Championship for the second straight season.
Last year, the Lady Eagles finished fifth in the NAIA. This year marks the fourth time in six seasons WBC has made the NAIA National Championship.
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