Chipola Sweeps TCC
April 19, 2009
Chipola College scored 2-1 and 3-2 victories over Tallahassee Community College on Sunday afternoon to win the teams' Panhandle Conference Playoff Series, two games to none.
Chipola moves on to next month's FCCAA Gulf District/NJCAA District H Tournament as the Panhandle Conference's No. 4 seed. TCC, the defending NJCAA District H Champions, finished the season 32-21.
Chipola wrapped up the 2-1, game one win with a dramatic, game-ending triple play.
With runners on first and second and no one out, Indians pitcher Rayna McClinton made a diving catch to snag Alayshia Jarrell's bunt attempt. McClinton fired to first base, where second baseman Kara Gordon was covering, to retire Andrea Salazar for the second out. Gordon then threw to shortstop Tera Gainer, who tagged out Destinea Schnieder before she could get back to second base, ending the game.
That play epitomized the afternoon for TCC, who, for the better part of the doubleheader, was its own worst enemy. In game one, the Eagles stranded nine base runners, went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and hit into a pair of inning-ending double plays prior to the game-ending triple play.
In addition to stranding 11 more more runners in the nightcap, TCC had a run taken off the scoreboard when umpires ruled Randi Ashworth left third base early on a fly out to centerfield.
In game one, Chipola put two runs on the board in the first against TCC starter Morgan Grove. Grove hit leadoff batter Michele Hewett then gave up a single to Meredith Heath. Both runners later scored on Gordon's one-out double.
Grove didn't allow a hit the remainder of the game and struck out six.
McClinton tossed a total of 4.1 innings, in two different stints, in the circle for Chipola. She only gave up one hit but walked eight.
In game two, Chipola rallied for two runs in the sixth to claim the 3-2 victory.
TCC took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Ashworth's RBI-single. The lead was short-lived, however.
Consecutive errors in the sixth inning allowed the Indians to go back on top. With runners on second and third and two out, second baseman Christina Holden bobbled Kami Fannin's grounder, allowing Gainer to score the tying run. During the ensuing at-bat, Ashworth sailed a throw into centerfield attempting to throw out Fannin, who stole second. The errant toss brought home Gordon with what proved to be the winning run.
Offensively, Ashworth picked up a pair of hits for TCC.
Grove was the hard-luck loser in both games. She tossed all 13 innings and allowed only eight hits, one walk and struck out eight. Only two of the five runs she allowed were earned.