Franklin Springs, GA - The Emmanuel Lady Lions took on the University of West Georgia at home in a double header event. Pitcher Erin Harden rocked the mound striking out 8 of the batters faced and shut down the wolves at the plate.
The Lady Lions came out strong Bottom of the 1st when Kara Hembree singled to centerfield and Cheyenne Galloway laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hembree to second. Senior Kalen Callaway then grounded out to the second baseman to bring in Hembree and put the first run on the board. After that Junior Madison Franklin singled to centerfield and Freshman Kirsten Hill doubled to right field to bring in Franklin; 2-0 Lions. Crystal Busbee then walked and Sophomore Jorden Williams came in clutch to hit a double down the left field line to bring in both Hill and Busbee; 4-0 Lions.
Bottom of the 3rd the Lions came back for more when Kirsten Hill walked and Crystal Busbee reached on error. A pass ball moved them over and Jorden Williams walked to load the bases. Jessica Allen would then also walk to bring in Hill for another run; 5-0 Lions.
Reaching for more, the Lions came back out firing bottom of the 5th when Kirsten Hill doubled down the leftfield line and Aubree Thacker then went in to run for Hill. Crystal Busbee grounded out to the short stop to move Thacker over to third and a single to left field by Jessica Allen would bring Thacker in to boost the score 6-0 Lions.
Top of the 6th West Georgia finally put their first runs on the board when a couple walks and a few hits brought in 2 runs for the Wolves; 6-2 Lions. However, the Lady Lions were quick to respond when Freshman Cheyenne Galloway singled to center field and Madison Franklin doubled down the right field line to bring in Galloway. Senior Nina Rodriguez then singled to center field and brought in Franklin. After that Crystal Busbee also singled to centerfield; 8-2 Lions.
Top of the 7th The Wolves came back for one last shot at redemption but a strike out by Erin Harden and double play by Crystal Busbee would hold them at only scoring 1 run. Final Score 8-3.
Key Contributors Include: Madison Franklin with a double, RBI, stolen base and going 2-4 at the plate; Kirsten Hill with two doubles, RBI, and going 2-2 at the plate; Jorden Williams with a double, 2 RBIs, and going 1-2 at the plate; Kalen Callaway with a RBI; Jessica Allen with 2 RBIs and going 1-2 at the plate; Nina Rodriguez with a RBI and going 1-1 at the plate; Crystal Busbee going 1-2 at the plate.
Bottom of the 3rd the Lions came back for more when freshman Cheyenne Galloway started it off with a single to center field. Kalen Callaway then singled to the short stop and Kirsten Hill singled to center field to bring in Galloway; 2-0 Lions. Aubree Thacker then went in to run for Hill and then stole a base. Crystal Busbee singled to left center to bring in both Callaway and Thacker; 4-0 Lions.
Top of the 5th the West Georgia Wolves finally had their big inning when they strung together a few singles and walks that brought in 4 runs to tie the game. Bottom of the 5th, the Lions got one back when Kalen Callaway reached on an error by the short stop and laid a sacrifice bunt to move Callaway over. Kirsten Hill then walked and Crystal Busbee then singled to left field to load the bases. Jorden Williams then reached on a fielder's choice but got the RBI when Callaway scored; 5-4 Lions.
Top of the 6th the Wolves continued to rally and score 2 more when a walk and a couple errors pushed them around the bases. Out of character the Lady Lions were unable to respond and the Wolves would go on to score 3 more runs in the top of the 7th. Unable to come back the Lions fell to the Wolves in game two; 9-5.
Key Contributors Include: Madison Franklin with a RBI and going 1-3 at the plate; Kirsten Hill with a RBI and going 1-2 at the plate; Crystal Busbee with two RBIs and going 2-2 at the plate; Jorden Williams with an RBI; Aubree Thacker with a stolen base; and Jessica Allen going 1-3 at the plate.
The Lady Lions will take on Erskine at their place at 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, April 9th & Converse at home at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday, April 10th.
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