Softball – Fri, Mar. 19, 2021
COCHRAN, Ga. – The Stillman College softball team headed east on Friday for the first of two weekend double-headers in Southern States Athletic Conference play. They began the weekend with a twin bill at Middle Georgia State College, but the offense struggled to get going against the Knights.
Stillman (7-13, 0-6 SSAC) managed seven hits in the two games, while Middle Georgia (9-11, 5-3 SSAC) scraped together a pair of 5-run efforts and they swept the day by scores of 5-0 and 5-2.
Pitching was the order of the day for much of game one. Stillman’s Katie Clifton and Middle Georgia’s Sydney Shackelford both pitched through the first five innings without allowing an earned run on their way to perfect game efforts. Clifton did yield unearned tallies in the second and the fourth innings, but the Lady Tigers were still in striking distance as the game moved forward.
Shackelford, though, retired the first 12 Stillman batters, and she took a no-hit bid into the sixth frame. With one out in the top of the sixth and her team trailing 2-0, Tayla Stowes bunted and reached on a single to break up the no-hitter, but that was all the offense the Lady Tigers were able to muster, and after Middle Georgia added three runs in the sixth, the Knights closed out the win 5-0.
Clifton (2-6) pitched well for the Lady Tigers, but she was tagged with the loss in the game. She yielded five runs, three earned, on eight hits and five walks in six innings, and she struck out two. Shackelford (5-4) tossed the one-hit shutout and fanned four while facing two more than the minimum,
The Knights opened game two quickly as well, building a 3-0 lead after two innings, but in the fourth Stillman broke through. Candace Hampton led off with her second triple of the season, but she was retired trying to score one batter later. The hit, though, did lead to a run later in the frame when Cynthia White singled home Kerstie Reynolds to pull Stillman to within two at 3-1.
Middle Georgia added two more in the bottom of the fifth, to build their advantage back to four runs, and while the Lady Tigers got an RBI single from Stowes in the top of the seven and brought the tying run into the on-deck circle, a double play ground out ended the rally and the game in a 5-2 Middle Georgia win.
Caroline Newton (4-6) earned the win for Middle Georgia, as she threw her seventh complete game of the season. She allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Elisabeth Boso (2-3) took the loss for Stillman, as she yielded five runs on six hits in a six-inning complete game effort, the second time this season she has gone the distance. Boso gave up six hits, walked three, and punched out a pair in the game.
Kiera Schultz had two hits for Stillman in the game, both singles, Hampton had a triple, White drove in a run and scored another, and Stowes picked up an RBI as well.
The Lady Tigers will wrap up their weekend trip to Georgia on Saturday with double-dip at Brewton-Parker College (2-16, 0-6 SSAC). The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.