Date: May 16, 2016
Score: (10) Martin Methodist College 0, (RV) Williams Baptist College 2
Records: (10) Martin Methodist College (45-15), (RV) Williams Baptist College (36-19)
Location: LSU-A Generals Field - Alexandria, La.
The Williams Baptist College softball team traveled to Alexandria, La., for the first round of Nationals. Williams squared off against the tenth ranked Redhawks of Martin Methodist College. The contest was the first game of the LSU-Alexandria Bracket. WBC was able to take down its top-ten foe and win the game 2-0 to advance in the winner's bracket of the LSU-A Bracket.
The First Two Innings:
The Lady Eagles were the visiting team on the scoreboard after losing the coin toss on Sunday. Callie Brooks (SR/Monette, Ark. ) and Brooke Mason (FR/Bald Knob, Ark. ) were able to take advantage of a couple of Martin Methodist miscues to reach base in the first, but WBC failed to score. Rylee Rogers (JR/Conyers, Ga. ) shut down the MMU bats by working a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning, Ashley Lyons (FR/Vilonia, Ark. ) started off the frame with a single to left field. Lyons advanced to second on a passed ball and then Haley Hambrick (SO/Batesville, Ark. ) put down a sac bunt to advance Lyons to third. The Redhawks were able to work out of the inning with a 1-3 putout and a strikeout to keep Williams off the scoreboard. Rogers worked another 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout, popout and a 6-3 groundout.
The First Run:
Madelyn Poe (SO/Beebe, Ark. ) walked to start the top of the third inning. After a Susannah Pugh (SR/Hernando, Miss. ) sac bunt, Callie Brooks hit into a fielder's choice and Poe used her speed to beat the throw at third. With runners on the corners and only one out, WBC cleanup hitter Brooke Mason put down a squeeze bunt that scored Poe and advanced Brooks to second. Brooks and Mason both advanced on a Redhawks error. MMU worked out of the jam and WBC scored the first run of the contest to take a 1-0 lead after 2.5 innings. It was business as usual for Rogers in the bottom half of the inning. A 1-3 groundout, a popout to Lyons and a line out to Pugh kept Martin Methodist in check.
The Middle Innings:
WBC loaded the bases in the top of the fourth on infield singles by Hayley Overbay (SR/Jonesboro, Ark. ), Madelyn Poe and Susannah Pugh, but failed to score. Rylee Rogers gave up her first baserunner in the bottom of the fourth after retiring the first ten batters to start the game. Without surrendering another hit or runner in the inning, WBC continued to hold its 1-0 lead after four innings.
In the fifth, MMU retired the first two batters in the fifth before Ashley Lyons reached on a walk. For the first inning in the contest, WBC failed to get a runner in scoring position.
The Redhawks started off the bottom of the fifth with a single. A sac bunt moved the runner over to second with one out. Another bunt moved the runner to third and Rogers made a good play to Jordyn Barkowsky (SO/Kingsburg, Calif. ) for the second out. Rogers settled in and got a swinging strikeout to eliminate the scoring threat.
WBC was retired 1-2-3 to start the top half of the inning. After a Martin Methodist single, WBC catcher Hayley Overbay eliminated the stealing threat for the final out of the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Williams had the heart of the order coming up in the 2-3-4 batters in Susannah Pugh, Callie Brooks and Brooke Mason. Mason reached first on an error with two outs. Next, Andrea Drake (SR/Columbia, Mo. ) singled to left to put runners on first and second with two outs. WBC put pinch-runners Leslie Garza (SO/Kingsburg, Calif. ) and Alexis Ingram (JR/Quitman, Ark. ) on base. Another MMU error, its fifth of the game, scored Garza and gave WBC a 2-0 lead.
Rylee Rogers worked around a single in the bottom of the seventh and got a strikeout for the final out of the contest for her complete game shutout victory and the 23rd victory this season. She only surrendered four hits and had no earned runs or walks and she collected three strikeouts.
From the Coach:
"We wanted to come out attacking the ball and make things happen," said Head Coach Laura Tucker. "We knew there would be nerves, so we talked about putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the other team. I think we did a good job with that."
From the Ace:
"I was able to keep the hitters off-balance and allow my defense to make some great plays behind me. It was a great win for us and we look forward to moving on," said Rylee Rogers after her complete game shutout.