By Karen Allen
Troutville, Va.—Shorter Softball won two and lost one on Day 2 of the NCCAA National Championships. After losing the first game to Judson, 1-0; the Lady Hawks bounced back with back-to-back wins over Simpson (5-0) and Campbellsville (7-0).
Shorter ran into trouble in the third inning of Game 1, where Judson scored the deciding run; with the bases loaded Brianna Tennyson delivered an RBI single.
In Game 2, the Lady Hawks got on the board in the third inning as two runs scored. Kayla Cooper singled, and came around to score on Bre Johnson's RBI single later in the inning. Castaneda scored the second run on Dailey's RBI single.
In the fourth inning, Shorter tacked on some insurance with three runs, and made it a 5-0 game. Kendall Johnson brought in Sarah Corn on and RBI double, and then scored, along with Kristen Little, on Cooper's single.
Little earned the win for the Lady Hawks; pitching four innings, allowing no runs on two hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. Ezell came on in relief; pitching three innings, and recording three strikeouts. Haley Rodriguez was tagged with the loss for Simpson; allowing five runs on seven hits, with two walks over 3.1 innings of work.
Cooper had two hits and drove in two runs for Shorter.
The Lady Hawks once again scored early in Game 3; scoring once in the first inning as Cooper crossed the plate on the double steal with Castaneda. Shorter added two in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0, as Hood and Bray scored on an error.
In the fifth, three more runs were added on RBI singles from Dailey and Hood. Kendall Johnson scored the final Shorter run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Felicia Morris to give the Lady Hawks the 7-0 win.
Bray earned the win for Shorter after pitching the complete game, one hit shutout. Martina Riney recorded the loss for Campbellsville; allowing one run on seven hits, with one strikeout over 3.1 innings of work.
Morris finished the game with three hits; while Dailey, Hood and Bray each recorded two hits.
The Lady Hawks will be back in action tomorrow, May 11, at 10am as they face Judson. The winner will advance to the championship game against Union at 12pm, and if necessary a second game will be played at 2pm.