Montgomery, Ala. – The Louisiana College softball team picked up its first win of the season, rallying from a 12-2 loss to the Rhodes Lynx in the Huntington College Tournament opener and came back with a late-inning burst to defeat the home-standing Hawks 9-3 in the nightcap Saturday at Cannon Field.
Game 1 – Rhodes 12, Louisiana College 2
After three innings of scoreless softball, it was the Lady Wildcats who struck first as Shaye Tredinich shot a base hit between the third baseman and shortstop into left field that allowed Bailey McMillian to come home for a 1-0 LC lead after four innings of play. However, things turned south fast for the Wildcats after that, with Rhodes scoring two in the fifth to take the lead, and then five in the sixth to blow the game open.
The Lady Wildcats got one back in the bottom of the sixth as Desiree Squires walked to start the inning, and then Maci Rozas, pinch-running for Squires, eventually came home following a pair of wild pitches to make it 7-2. But that would be all for the Wildcats as Rhodes added five more runs in the top of the seventh to put away any comeback hopes.
Briley Johnston, Bailey McMillian, and Kaitlyn Moore each went two of three at the plate against the Lynx with McMillian adding a run scored. Shaye Tredinich had LC's lone RBI in the contest.
Bailey McMillian (0-2) started the contest and went five innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, just four earned, walked four and struck out four. Kayelea Dearmon pitched the final two innings and allowed six hits, five runs with four earned, walked one and struck out one.
Game 2 – Louisiana College 9, Huntingdon 3
Much like the game against Rhodes, the Lady Wildcats were first to break onto the scoreboard, doing so at the top of the third inning. Bailey McMillian got the scoring going with a sacrifice fly to right that allowed Kaitlyn Moore to tag and score from third for a 1-0 lead. Kayla Dauthier added to it with an RBI single into right that allowed Bre Newman in from third for a 2-0 LC lead after three innings of play. But Huntingdon came back in the fourth with a trio of runs, allowing the Hawks to claim the lead.
But this time, the Lady Wildcats would not be deterred, putting up three runs in the sixth to take the lead for the final time. Kaitlyn Moore tied the game with an RBI single to left that plated Phobee Spell. Kayelea Dearmon gave LC the lead for good as she found the gap between first and second bases, scoring both Moore and Maci Rozas for a 5-3 Lady Wildcats lead. LC put the game out of reach in the seventh with a four-spot to secure their first win of the season. Shaye Tredinich's double to the right-center gap scored bailey McMillian to make it 6-3. Samantha Cetta hit a shot over the left fielder's head for a double that scored both Brianna Lopez and Katelyn Courville. Bre Newman's sacrifice fly to center added the game's final run as Cetta tagged up and crossed the plate for the 9-3 advantage.
Briley Johnston led LC in the second contest with three hits in four at-bats, with a walk-in there as well. Samantha Cetta was two for four with two RBI and a run scored. Kayelea Dearmon was one for four with a walk and two RBI as well.
Bailey McMillian (1-2) came on in relief in the fifth inning to pick up the win. She only allowed one hit in 2.1 innings of scoreless work with three strikeouts. Cameron Crochet started and went 4.2 innings, giving up six hits and three runs, all earned, with two walks and a strikeout.
"We had one bad inning in game one that cost us," said Louisiana College head coach Barry Roberts. "The kids stayed positive and we finished game two. Briley Johnston and Kaitlyn Moore and doing well at the plate for us."
The Lady Wildcats (1-3) close out the Huntingdon College Tournament on Sunday with another set of games against Rhodes and Huntingdon. The first pitch against the Lynx (3-2) is set for noon while the game against the Hawks (1-1) is set for 2:00 P.M. at Cannon Field.