Sunday, February 23, 2014
The Lions softball team kicked off their 2014 season on Saturday, playing two games at Convenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. The Mount loss both games by one run each, 7-6 and 5-4. The Lions will resume action on Sunday, Feb. 23 with a doubleheader at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN.
Game one saw the Lions trail by scores of 4-1 (after three innings) and 7-1 (after the fifth inning), with their lone run coming when Erica Parker (Miamisburg, OH/Miamisburg) scored on a fielding error. The Mount made a game of it in the seventh inning, however, as they plated five runs. Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View) had an RBI double in the inning for the first run, and later scored, along with Carly Ventus (Milford, OH/Milford), to make the score 7-4. Makayla McClurg (Aurora, IN/South Dearborn) added an RBI double later in the inning and an RBI single by Paige Norton left the Lions trailing by just a 7-6 score. Morgan Hoehn I(Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) recorded a two-out walk to put Mount runners on first and second but the game ended on a popout by Alli Lenos (Middletown, OH/Madison). McClurg collected two of the Mount's five hits in the game, while Pam Wisniewski had three walks.
The Lions recorded seven steals in the first game, with Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/Batesville) swiping three bases. Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) pitched a complete game.
Covenant College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, and a 5-2 advantage after two off Mount starter Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights). The Lions' first two runs were knocked in by Hoehn and Wright. Parker's sacrifice fly in the fifth provided the Lions' with their third run of the game, while McClurg had an RBI single, scoring Hoehn in the seven inning to put the Mount within one run. The game ended with the tying run on first base for the Lions.
Once again the Mount collected five team hits, with five different players garnering singles. James pitched a complete game.