Seahawks nearly take 2 of 3 in Alabama

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 20, 2016

LSC-PA sports information

GULF SHORES, Ala. — It was a day of “close but no cigar” for Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Friday at the Sun Chief Classic as the Seahawks’ softball team lost two of their three games by a total of two runs.

The Hawks lost to host Faulkner State 6-5 in the first game of the day before exploding for a 13-5 win over Enterprise Community College in Game 2. The big bats continued into the second inning of Game 3 against Central Alabama CC with the Hawks going up 8-0 before eventually falling 10-9.

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The Seahawks continue their tournament play today with games against Snead State Community College at 3:45 p.m. and Jefferson Davis CC at 6.

In the first game Friday, the Hawks fell behind Faulkner State 2-0 in the first inning but rebounded for two runs of their own in the second when McKenzie Andrus came home on a Brooke Wilhelm double and Wilhelm crossed the plate on a Kayla Sheridan double.

Faulkner went back up 3-2 in the bottom of the second, but LSC-PA responded in the fifth to tie the game on an Anessa Sanchez solo home run.

Again, Faulkner moved out front, this time with two runs in the fifth for a 5-3 lead. The Seahawks came back to tie the game in the sixth with Sheridan led off with a double then scored on a Sierra Miller double. Taryn Huff, pinch running for Perez after she walked, also came home on the Miller two-base shot.

The score remained tied heading into the bottom of the seventh. Faulkner led off with a single. A walk and a sacrifice fly moved the runner to third for Allison Pickett, who picked up the walk-off, run-scoring single for a 6-5 final.

Sheridan led the Seahawks’ hitters, going 2 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI, while Sanchez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Miller was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI.

Angelica Rogers pitched the complete game, allowing nine hits and five earned runs with three walks and a home run allowed.

In Game 2 of the day, the Seahawks bats came alive for 16 hits, led by Perez’s 4-for-5 performance with three RBI, including a solo home run to straightaway centerfield.

LSC-PA went up 5-0 after three, then scored two each in the final four innings for the 13-point outburst. Sanchez was 3 for 5 with and triple and four RBI and Rebecca Hernandez was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.

Hernandez was the starter on the hill, going four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, striking out two. Maddison Ohler worked in relief, allowing four earned runs on five hits.

Perez punctuated the Hawks’ third-game hit parade with a grand slam home run in the second inning as part of an eight-run sprint. But Central Alabama came back for seven runs in the third and three more in the fourth to take a 10-8 run. LSC-PA scored another run in the fifth but couldn’t get any closer.

Sheridan doubled in the game and finished with two RBI, while Breyn Pulcher was 2 for 3 and Sanchez finished 2 for 4.

Hernandez took the loss on the hill after working the first four innings, allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Rogers pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and a walk.