Dahlonega, GA - Southern Wesleyan split their games in day one of the North Georgia Tournament. In game one the Warriors fell 7-1 to the North Georgia Nighthawks and in game two, the Warriors defeated McKendree 5-3.
Southern Wesleyan had two hits in the loss to the Nighthawks. Lydia Clanton and Lexi Thompson had the lone hits for the Warriors. Jessica Burks had the Warriors single RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Thompson. Clanton posted her fourth double of the season. Southern Wesleyan posted five strikeouts in the loss, two coming from starting pitcher, Ashton Martin, and two coming from relief pitcher, Delanie Laudenbacher. Martin went two innings and allowed three hits. Emma Collins pitched the third and fourth innings and allowed two hits, and Laudenbacher pitched in relief for the Warriors.
The Warriors had six hits in the win against McKendree. Delaney Byers led the Warriors with two and was followed by Emma Collins, Kali Berrigan, Taylor Le, and Grace McGuffin with one hit apiece. The Warriors had five RBIs in game two, Byers contributing three and Berrigan adding two. Byers posted her first career double. Collins had three stolen bases and Kassidy Hamrick had two of her own. Southern Wesleyan posted six strikeouts in the win, two coming from starting pitcher, Emma Collins. Delanie Laudenbacher and Ashton Martin both posted two strikeouts each in relief for Collins. Collins went two innings and allowed two hits. Laudenbacher went two innings and allowed one hit and Martin went three innings and allowed two hits.
Game One Final: North Georgia 7, Southern Wesleyan 1
Game Two Final: Southern Wesleyan 5, McKendree 3
Coach Adkins Says...
"There were a lot of positives to take from the day, especially game two. We got another game where we didn't make any errors, got timely hits, and had good pitching from our entire staff. I really like the way we are learning to win. We have three come from behind wins already. I feel that our best softball is still ahead of us, but I really like the way we are growing."
How It Happened
The Nighthawks jumped out early in the bottom of the first inning, scoring off of a throwing error from the Warriors. With the bases loaded, Marley Stowers of North Georgia homered to give the Nighthawks a 5-0 lead.
North Georgia held the Warriors scoreless and extended their lead to 6-0 after a single from Kaylyn Anthony scored Shelby Hammontree in the bottom of the fourth.
Katelyn Perry singled to center field to score Adella Carver and give the Nighthawks the 7-0 lead after the sixth inning.
Lexi Thompson led off the top of the seventh inning with a walk. Grace McGuffin had a sacrifice bunt that advanced Thompson to second. Thompson was able to then advance to third on a throwing error by the second baseman. Jessica Burks came in to pinch hit for the Warriors and flied out to centerfield, but Thompson was able to tag up and score to put the Warriors on the board.
The Nighthawks went on to win the game 7-1.
The Bearcats struck first in the contest, scoring three runs after a homerun cleared the bases. They led 3-0 in the top of the first.
The Warriors countered in the bottom of the first inning. Emma Collins led-off with a walk and was able to steal second and third. Delaney Byers singled to score Collins and put the Warriors on the board. The score was 1-1 after the first inning.
Riley Herdliska led-off the bottom of the fifth with a walk. Kassidy Hamrick came in to run for Herdliska and advanced to second. Collins drew her second walk of the game and then advanced to second while Hamrick advanced to third. Byers doubled to left field and scored both Collins and Hamrick. Lydia Clanton got on base after getting hit by a pitch. Lexi Thompson sacrficed a bunt to advance Clanton to second and advance Byers to third. Kali Berrigan singled to centerfield and scored Clanton and Byers.
Southern Wesleyan held the Bearcats scoreless in the sixth inning and went on to win the game 5-3.
Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road to take on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers at 10 a.m. and the North Georgia Nighthawks at 12 p.m. on February 16. They will then return home on February 19 to take on the Anderson Trojans at 6 p.m.