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Softball splits day two doubleheader with Pikeville

SSU wins the season series despite falling in game one

 Michal Cunningham

Pikeville, Ky. – Shawnee State softball split their doubleheader with Pikeville on Friday, falling in game one 6-2 but winning game two 6-2.

Pikeville would take an early lead in game one, scoring in the bottom of the first. Jordan Gentry bunted and reached on a base hit to lead off the inning, and Lee Collier would single to put two on with nobody out. Kitty Raymond would bunt the runners over to second and third. Chandler Kelly would then ground out to shortstop, scoring Gentry to put Pikeville up 1-0.

Shawnee State would get the run back in the top of the second. Stacy Trenholm would lead off the inning with a single, and would steal second base. Haley Rawlins would ground out to the pitcher, moving Trenholm over to third. Mackenzie Riley would then single in Trenholm to tie the game at 1-1.

SSU would then take the lead in the top of the third. Michal Cunningham would lead off the inning on an infield single, and would steal second base. Katlyn Gleich would reach on a bunt hit, moving Cunningham over to third. Marisa Brown would drive in Cunningham with a sacrifice fly, putting Shawnee State up 2-1.

Pikeville would rally to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kelsey White would single to lead off the inning, and would reach second on a fielder’s choice when Maureen Wolansky’s throw to second would drag Bailey Kemp off the bag. Emme Barker then bunted and reached on single, loading the bases. Hannah Absher would ground into a fielder’s choice as White would be gunned down at the plate by Tatum Wise, and Wolansky would throw out Osborne at the plate on Gentry’s fielder’s choice to third to give SSU two outs. However, Lee Collier would single home Barker and Absher, giving Pikeville a 3-2 lead.

Pikeville would get three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kelly would lead off the inning with a single, and be replaced by pinch runner Jadyn Gibson. Gibson would steal second, and score on White’s one-out double. Osborne would walk, and Barker would bunt the runners over to put runners on second and third with two outs. Absher would single in White, moving Osborne to third. Osborne would then score when Michal Cunningham’s throw to get attempted base stealer Absher went wild, giving Pikeville a 6-2 lead that they would hold.

Hannah Skaggs would get the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched, striking out four. Tatum Wise took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in six innings pitched.

Shawnee State would take an early lead in game two. With one out in the top of the second, Stacy Trenholm would walk. She would get to third on Tatum Wise’s single, putting runners at the corners. Wise would steal second, and Haley Rawlins would single to score Trenholm and move Wise to third. Shawnee State would then pull off a double-steal, with Rawlins taking second and Wise scoring to make the score 2-0.

SSU would score two more in the top of the third. Michal Cunningham would lead off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Katlyn Gleich would ground out, moving Cunningham over to second. Cunningham would then steal third with two outs. Kayla Koch would walk, and move to second on defensive indifference. Stacy Trenholm would then hit a double, scoring both Cunningham and Koch to give Shawnee State a 4-0 lead.

Pikeville would respond to cut the lead in half, scoring two in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Lee Collier and Kitty Raymond would hit back-to-back doubles, cutting the lead to 4-1. Chandler Kelly then singled in Raymond, cutting the lead to 4-2.

Shawnee State would respond in the top of the fifth. Koch would lead off the inning with a double, but would remain on second with two outs. Haley Rawlins would single to center, scoring Koch. SSU would then add another run in the top of the sixth. Katlyn Gleich would single with two outs, and would score on Marisa Brown’s double to center, giving Shawnee State a 6-2 lead they would not relinquish.

McKenzie Whittaker got the win, allowing two runs on nine hits in seven innings, striking out four. Megan Claypoole allowed six runs on nine hits in seven innings to take the loss.

The split moves Shawnee State to 17-11 on the season, and 5-7 in the Mid-South Conference. Pikeville moves to 17-13 on the season, and to 1-7 in the league.

Shawnee State softball returns to action on Tuesday, April 10 when they return home for their first ever Mid-South Conference games against new league member Kentucky Christian. First pitch of game one is set for 3:00pm.

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