Emmanuel College Sports Information Department
CENTRAL, S.C. - This past Thursday night, the Lions had a tough loss against conference team Southern Wesleyan University (SWU).
In game one, the Warriors pitcher Callie Wayne, almost threw a no hitter against Emmanuel. The Lions were only able to pull together 2 hits in the bottom of the 7th inning. Bethany Campbell, battled hard at the plate with a 2-3 count, hitting a shot over the left field fence for a home run to bring in the first and only run for the Lions. Following her was Jordan Williams, who hit a hard ground ball to the left side to get on base and produce the second hit for Emmanuel. The Lions fell to SWU, losing 4-1.
Game two was a different story for Emmanuel. With senior pitcher, Leah Ritchhart starting on the mound, the Warriors came out in the first inning putting a run on the board after an error, walk, and base hit. But the Lions fought back in the bottom of the second inning when the designated player, Martie Rogers, crossed home plate on a pass ball, tying the ball game 1-1. SWU struck back in the lead when the Warriors number two hitter, Sara Sweatt hit a triple and scored after a sacrifice fly to center field by Allison Barbee. Allison Parker had a single, and eventually scored as well. For the Lions in the bottom of the 4th inning with 3 base hits, the Lions came back into the game when two seniors, Linsey Hearn and Hayden Bartlett both collected RBIs by scoring two runs for Emmanuel. Making it a tie ball game once again 3-3.
Coming in clutch, Emmanuel's Kalen Callaway led off in the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right field, allowing the Lions to grab the lead 4-3.
Pitchers from both teams, Ritchhart (Emmanuel) and Collins (SWU), were able to keep each team off balance and not allowing either to score in the sixth inning. Though in the bottom of the 7th, with two outs, the clean-up hitter from the Warriors was able to get her first hit of the day with a single to short, and soon after scoring from a base hit double by SWU's Ashleigh Wilbur, making this a tied ballgame, sending both teams to extra innings.
In the top of the 8th inning, with a tie breaker runner Khelsea Salyers on second base, came home scoring on a ground out. Trying to score more for the Lions, with two runners on base, SWU's short stop, Barbee finished a complete 3 outs to end the inning. In the bottom of the 8th, Ritchhart struck out the second batter making it one out for the Lions, hoping to get two more to end the game with a win. Unfortunately with 3 more base hits, the Warriors were able to bring in 2 runs and win the ball game 5 to 4. Ritchhart was able to throw the complete game for the Lions.
That completes the Emmanuel women's 2015 softball season. 8 innings in the last game of the season was a good way to go out for the Lady Lions. They fought hard and have walked away with more than just a record but a season full of commitment, dedication, sisterhood, strength and faith.
We do want to congratulate the seniors this year... Holly Springer, Leah Ritchhart, Hayden Bartlett and Linsey Hearn... for completing all 4 years of softball and leaving a positive mark on this sport. Congratulations seniors and may you have a great God-blessed future ahead of you in all that you do. Good luck!
The rest of the Emmanuel Lions will be looking forward to a small break and then coming back to work hard in the fall. Go Lions! To God be the Glory!