Softball splits home games against Kentucky Christian

 The Bears fall in game one 8-5, rally for 5-3 victory in game two


Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State softball faced off against Kentucky Christian in a Mid-South Conference double header on Tuesday at home. The Bears split for the evening, losing the first game 8-5 but winning game two 5-3.

Kentucky Christian would take an early lead in game one after an RBI single from Brianna Crooks in the second inning that scored Cassie Adkins. The Bears got started offensively in the bottom of the inning with their first hit coming by way of a Tatum Wise single. Haley Rawlins reached on a walk, and was later driven home via an RBI single off the bat of Victoria Bevington to tie the game.

The Bears took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third by way of Katlyn Gleich who scored on a Stacey Trenholm fly-out to center. KCU would answer in the 4th inning scoring one run on two hits to tie the game at 2-2. The Bears would take the lead once more in the bottom of the 5th after of a pair of RBIs from Marisa Brown and Tatum Wise that scored Michal Cunningham and Morgan Rearick, making the score 4-2.

Shawnee State could not hold off the bats of Kentucky Christian though as the Knights would go on to score two runs on two hits in the top of the 6th. KCU’s Hunter Scott tied things up on an RBI double that scored two runs and tied the game at 4-4. Shawnee State would not score in the bottom of the inning, tallying one hit on a single from Victoria Bevington. Kentucky Christian caught fire offensively in the top of the 7th, starting off with a single line drive by Kelly House to right field. After a groundout by Jordan Shockley, Mckenzie Vanover would step up to the plate and crush a two run homer to straightaway center, giving Kentucky Christian a two run lead. KCU would go on to score two more runs in the top of the 7th, ending the inning with a total of four runs on six hits to take an 8-4 lead.

The Bears started out the bottom of the final inning with a Marisa Brown double to right field. A fly out to right field by Kayla Koch moved Brown to third, and she would score on a groundout from Stacy Tenholm in the next at bat. That would be all the scoring for the Bears though as they would finish the inning with one run on one hit, dropping game one to the Knights 8-5.

Courtney Schoolcraft picked up the win, allowing five runs on eight hits through seven innings, striking out six. Tatum Wise took the loss, allowing eight runs on 13 hits with one strikeout through seven innings

In the first inning of game two, Shawnee State pitcher McKenzie Whittaker found herself in trouble after a double from Jordan Shockley and hitting Jade Spurlock to put the two leadoff runners on. The Bears defense stepped up though, not allowing any runners to score. Whittaker fought back, striking out one and allowing just the one hit in the 1st. Offensively, Shawnee State got out to a fast start in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs and clubbing three hits. Michal Cunningham scored on a Marisa Brown single to left, Brown later scored via an RBI single from Trenholm.

KCU would get back in the top of the third racking up three hits and 3 runs. Jordan Shockley reached on a single, stole second, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jade shurlock then reached on a drop third strike, setting up what would be a three run home run to center by McKenzie Vanover on the next at bat. Later in the inning, the Knights would load the bases leading 3-2, but Shawnee State’s defense held up and did not allow another run.

Kentucky Christian would not score again in the ballgame after their impressive third inning. The Bears tied the game in the bottom of the third as Michal Cunningham led off with a single, and later scored on a base hit tagged by Marisa Brown. Going into the bottom 4th inning, the game was still tied at 3-3, but the Bears would take the lead after doubles Haley Rawlins and McKenzie Riley led to two runs, one on a Kentucky Christian error. There would be just one hit through the rest of the game coming by way of SSU’s Marisa Brown. Neither team scored through the last three innings and the Bears held on to win 5-3.

Shawnee State’s Mckenzie Whittaker got the win, allowing three runs on five hits through seven innings, coming away with five strikeouts. Whitney McKay picks up the loss allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk through six innings.

The split moves Shawnee to 18-12 on the season, 6-8 in conference play. Kentucky Christian moves to 7-20, 2-8 in the Mid-South.

Shawnee State softball is back in action again tomorrow, April 11th, as they will face Rio Grande in a double header at home. First pitch of game one is slated for 3:00 PM.


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