Lady Indians are not Scared by Jaguars, Win 7-4
by Joc Calloway - Chipola Athletics
In their opening-round game of the 2010 NJCAA National Softball Tournament, the #2 seed Chipola Lady Indians used a mixture of hard hitting offense and modest defense to defeat the #15 seed Georgia Perimeter.
In last night’s tournament banquet, when asked by the guest speaker if anyone was scared about their upcoming games, only one person raised their hand. That sole person was the catcher for Georgia Perimeter. Maybe using intuition, Chipola showed early on why Perimeter might need to be scared.
The Lady Indians used their hot bats to fire up the Utah sun as they jumped out an early 3-0 lead behind the bats of Nikki Roddy and Ariell van Hook. With Michelle Hewett already on base, Roddy homered to right field to put the Indians up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The next batter, van Hook, homered to left field to extend the lead to 3-0.
Georgia Perimeter would strike back in the top of the second. Georgia Perimeter would score on a single and then the Lady Indians gave up a two-run homerun on a Brittany Black change-up to tie the game 3-3.
In the fourth inning with one out, Perimeter’s eighth hole batter reached on a single and then advanced on a wild throw as the next batter reached on a fielder’s choice. Chipola would walk the next batter to load the bases. Georgia Perimeter would score on a single to shallow center to take their first lead of the game, 4-3. Brittany Black would strikeout the next batter and compiled two strikes against the final batter for the side before Emma Stevenson was brought in to get the final strike and end the threat with bases loaded.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kellie Todd singled to deep left field after Andrea Sullivan was walked. Then Hewett doubled to center field to score Sullivan. On the second pitch, after tying the game at 4-4, Todd raced home to score on a pass ball to recapture the lead, 5-4.
Both teams would trade hit for hit and stop for stop until the bottom of the sixth inning when Hewett and Roddy would take advantage of a tiring Georgia Perimeter. With Hewett standing on first after a single, Roddy doubled to score Hewett and increase the lead to 6-4. Ariell van Hook was then walked and third baseman Trish Bliss was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brittany Black hit a high flying pop-up that was mishandled by the entire Georgia Perimeter infield. The dropped ball would score Roddy from third and give the Lady Indians enough room to breathe going into the top of the seventh.
Leading 7-4, Emma Stevenson got well-deserved support from their teammates as Hannah Lovestrand kept the first batter to a single after the ball ricocheted off of Bliss’ glove. With one runner at first, Lovestrand would collect the second out on a line drive from the batter. The next two batters would hit long bombs to deep center field; however, both blasts would nestle in the webbing of Hewett’s glove to secure the win.
Chipola was led by Michelle Hewett, who was 3-4 with one RBI, Nikki Roddy, 2-2 with 3 RBIs and a two-run homerun, and Ariell van Hook, who was 2-2 with one homerun and one RBI.
The Chipola Lady Indians will now face #7 Chattanooga tonight at 7:00pm local time and 8:00pm central standard time.