By Karen Allen
Carrollton, Ga.—Lady Hawks' Softball took both from West Georgia Thursday afternoon on the road. Game scores were 7-5 and 10-0.
The wins improve Shorter to 39-9 on the season, and 25-7 in the Gulf South. West Georgia falls to 15-34 overall, and 7-27 in conference play.
The Lady Hawks struck first in Game 1, putting one run on the board in the first inning as Jackie Castaneda scored on a passed ball. West Georgia took the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back singles from Heather Crow and Katie Shultes, but Shorter tied the game in the third on an RBI single from Kayla Cooper.
The Wolves once again took the lead as two runs crossed the plate in the fourth. The Lady Hawks tied the game by adding one run in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Kendall Johnson connected on an RBI double; while in the seventh, Felicia Morris scored on a Sarah Corn sacrifice fly.
Shorter needed extra innings to win Game 1, as the game was tied 4-4 after regulation. Amanda Dailey connected on a three run homer in the top of the ninth to seal the deal for the Lady Hawks. Nicole Yancey homered in the bottom of the inning for the 7-5 final score.
Christina Ezell earned the win; allowing five runs on thirteen hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. Megan Roberts recorded the loss for the Wolves; giving up seven runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and five walks.
Game 2 was all Shorter; scoring ten runs on eleven hits. The Lady Hawks got on the board in the second inning as Gracie Ayers delivered a homerun to right field. It would prove to be enough as West Georgia was held scoreless.
The Lady Hawks added to their lead with two in the fourth on a two run homer from Johnson. And, in the fifth, Shorter used a six hit inning to add seven runs for the 10-0 final.
Maddie Bray picked up the win for the Lady Hawks; pitching the complete game gem, giving up just one hit, with six strikeouts and two walks. Shultes was tagged with the loss for West Georgia; allowing ten runs on eleven hits, with six walks and no strikeouts.
Morris finished the day with four hits and three runs scored; while Dailey recorded four RBI on two hits, Johnson and Whitney Hood also recorded two hits for Shorter.
The Lady Hawks will be back in action tomorrow evening, April 26, as the Wolves visit Alto Park to close out the regular season. Game times are set for 4pm and 6pm.