Franklin Springs, GA - Mount Olive traveled to Emmanuel to play in a double header Senior Day event. In Game one Mount Olive came out strong top of the 3rd to score three runs off a few singles and a double. Emmanuel kept fighting hard but couldn't find the right moment to score. Top of the 4th Mount Olive scored one more off a couple singles; 4-0.
Mount Olive ended game one with 5 hits and Emmanuel with 4 hits.
Pitcher Erin Harden pitched a good game from the mound ending with 8 strike outs.
In game two the Lady Lions came out strong ready to fight for the win. Top of the 2nd Mount Olive came out to score the first runs of the game off a couple of singles and an error; 2-0 Mount Olive. Bottom of the 3rd the Lady Lions responded when Kara Hembree tripled to right center and Crystal Busbee singled to centerfield to bring in Hembree. Kalen Callaway walked and Madison Franklin singled to centerfield to bring in Busbee; tie ball game.
Top of the 5th Mount Olive scored three more runs off an error and a couple singles. Score 5-2 Mount Olive. Bottom of the 6th the Lions finally responded when Nina Rodriguez singled to short stop and Jorden Williams singled to left field. Brianna Morgan, who went in to hit for Halle Cheek, was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Aubree Thacker then went in to run for Morgan. Kara Hembree then singled and made it to third off an error by Mount Olive; bringing in three runs and tie the game 5-5. Crystal Busbee then flew out to right field and brought in Hembree to take the lead 6-5.
Top of the 7th Mount Olive hit a homer to tie the score once again and send the game into extra innings. In the 8th Mount Olive got another run in when an error by the Lady Lions brought in a run.
Bottom of the 7th Kara Hembree doubled down the left field line to move baserunner Jessica Allen to third. Crystal Busbee then singled to left field to bring in Allen and move Hembree to third. Kalen Callaway then singled to second base to load the bases and Madison Franklin came in clutch to single to left field to bring in Hembree for the win.
Emmanuel ended with 12 hits. Key Contributors Include: Kara Hembree with a double, triple, and RBI; Crystal Busbee with 3 RBIs; Madison Franklin with a RBI; and Nina Rodriguez with a SAC bunt and going 2-3 at the plate.
Today was Senior Day for two lovely Lady Lions; Kalen Callaway and Nina Rodriguez.
We want to thank them for their hard work and dedication in Softball at Emmanuel College and wish them the best in all things ahead of them. We love you!
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