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Scots' bats explode for first victory

leah kelley
Scot's senior shortstop Leah Kelley

MARYVILLE -- The Maryville College softball team earned their first victory of the season with a doubleheader split against Great South Athletic Conference foe Covenant College in Chattanooga on Wednesday evening. The Scots lost the opener 2-0 before coming back in the nightcap to earn a 10-0 win.

During the first challenge, Covenant limited Maryville to only five hits, shutting out the Scots for the first time this season. Taylor Dockery, Chastity Smith, and Kayln Jones each stoked base hits while senior shortstop Leah Kelley finished 2-for-3 with a double. Scots' senior hurler Sarah Reeder fell to 0-3 on the season with a strong six inning performance limiting the Georgian Scots to four hits while striking out six.

The finale saw MC's bats come alive while taking advantage of several Covenant miscues on defense. A Chastity Smith RBI in the first inning put MC on the scoreboard for the first time of the day. The Scots' offensive second inning pushed four runs across the plate taking advantage of four timely hits and a pair of Covenant errors. A five run fifth inning was sparked by seven hits including RBI strokes by Leah Kelley, Hannah Youngdeer, Andrea Brew, and Cayla Cannon.

Brittany Henry earned her first collegiate victory on the mound with a two-hit, four shutout inning performance. She recorded five strikeouts while Corey Hairrell closed the door with an inning of no-hit relief.

Offensively, Dockery, Youngdeer, and Jones each finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Jones and Kelley each tallied a pair of RBI's.

The Scots (1-5) will return to action this weekend when they travel to Memphis to take place in a tournament at Rhodes College.


Source: Maryville College Athletics Department

Published February 23, 2012

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