Softball club starts off strong
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 14:09
The softball team came alive in the second game of the two-game series, winning 14-3 over Three Rivers Community College yesterday afternoon.
The Red Wolves were led by senior Erica Whitaker. She led A-State in the second game going 3-2 with two triples, one double, two runs and five runs batted in.
“Honestly, my confidence was a lot better in the second game,” Whitaker said. “My jitters came out in the first game. I had to settle my nerves.”
The Raiders took the lead in the fifth inning of the first game. The bottom of the lineup strung together hits scoring two runs.
The score stood 2-0 in favor of the Raiders.
A-State’s Mackenzie Powers hit a double in the sixth inning scoring Nicole Edwards, but their late charge would come up short.
The first game would end 2-1 in favor of Three Rivers.
“We played good enough to win,” A-State’s head coach Chris Powers said. “We just didn’t hit the ball at crucial times.”
The Red Wolves came out with a vengeance in the second game. The hitting woes of the first game were solved in the second and their bats came alive.
A-State’s Shea Cothren would open up the onslaught with a double in the second inning.
Jeana Canady advanced Cothren into scoring position and the following two batters would load the bases after walks.
Karla Marroquin would start the run fiesta with a single.
Whitaker provided the bulk of the runs on her bases, triple knocking in three RBIs.
Katie Collier rounded out the runs knocking in Whitaker on a single.
The score stood 7-0 after the second inning, but the Raiders would return the favor in the top of the third inning with four runs of their own.
A-State would put the nail in the coffin in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring seven runs, putting the score 14-4.
“I waited on the ball a little bit longer,” Whitaker said. “I was able to play my game. See ball, hit ball.”
The Raiders would score once more in the fourth inning, but their efforts would stop here.
After four innings, the score would stand 14-5, ending in a mercy rule.
“The second game we picked it up,” Powers said. “We hit the ball. Hitting the ball solved a lot of the problems we had in the first game.”
The Red Wolves had a strong showing in the two game split, with their eyes on a conference championship.
“If we don’t win it, I’ll be disappointed,” Powers said.
A-State Softball Club sits 1-1 on the season. The team will play John A. Logan on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the University of Tennessee-Martin.