FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA: On April 15th, 2017, the Lady Lions took on Talladega Tornados in a double header event.
Pitcher Taylor Saxon came out strong throwing the Tornados at the plate. The Lady Lions had a different approach as Crystal Busbee walked and Becky Collins bunted her over. Both Busbee and Collins advanced on the throw, scoring the first run for the Lions
The Lion defense continued to shut the Tornados down and bottom of the 2nd Noelle Petty singled to left field and then Riley Clingerman reached on an error, advancing Petty to third. Petty then scored on the throw. 2-0 Lions.
The Emmanuel rally continued bottom of the 4th when Petty once again reached on an error. Clingerman then singled to right field and a SAC bunt by Meredith Reece moved the runners over into scoring position. Senior Halle Cheek then drove in an RBI with a SAC bunt. Busbee then tripled to bring in Clingerman to advance the score 4-0 Lions.
The Lions would hold this lead and will in the top of the 7th against Talladega.
In game two, the Lady Lion defense continued to shut down the tornados until the top of the 4th when a couple of hits brought in Talladega's first run of the day.
The Lions were quick to answer back when Mary Baxter reached on an error by the shortstop and then Kristin Durden also reached on an error. Madison Hopper then laid down a SAC bunt to move runners into scoring position. Brianna Morgan then reached on a fielder's choice but brought in two RBI off a throwing error.
Emmanuel continued their rally at the plate in the bottom of the 5th when Crystal Busbee doubled to left field and Becky Collins moved her over with a SAC bunt. Noelle Petty then singled up the middle bringing in Busbee. Baxter then also singled up the middle and a single from Durden loaded the bases. Hopper then walked to bring in another Lion run. Meredith Reece then reached on a fielder's choice while getting an RBI by bringing in Baxter. Alannah Long then hit a deep fly ball to bring in Durden. 6-1 Lions.
The Lady Lions finished off the Tornados in the bottom of the 6th when Busbee reached on an error by the first baseman and Collins reached on an error by the third baseman. Petty then reached on an error by the shortstop and brought in Busbee for another run. Baxter then singled to left field and when Durden reached on a fielder's choice, Collins scored. Maddison Hopper then also reached on an error to bring in Baxter and finish off the score 9-1 Lions.
The Lady Lions will take on Belmont Abbey on Monday, April 17th at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at home! Come out and support your Lady Lions!
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