Lady Scots Split With William Peace In Saturday's Double Header

Saturday, March 18, 2017
After dropping game one of the doubleheader, the Covenant softball team responded with a key 6-5 victory in the finale to earn a split with USA South foe William Peace on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Pacers took game one 9-1.

Saturday was also Senior Day for the Lady Scots as they honored Jordan Brett and Kaitlyn Sirmons.
The duo has contributed tremendously to the program over the last four years, both on and off the field.

Covenant goes to 15-9 overall and 9-5 in the USA South. The nine USA South wins set a program record for conference victories in a season. William Peace goes to 13-15 overall and 5-5 in league play.

GAME TWO: Covenant 6, William Peace 5

In a game that was decided on the final play, Covenant was able to eke out a 6-5 victory over William Peace to pick up a doubleheader split.

The Lady Scots led 6-3 entering the top of the seventh, but William Peace got a run in and loaded the bases with two away. Pinch-hitter Katelyn McLamb laced a single to right field that scored the runner from third, but Covenant right fielder Erika Mast threw a strike to home plate to gun down the tying run and preserve a one-run victory for the Lady Scots.

William Peace took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Covenant responded with runs over the next three innings. Casey Grover singled home Madyson Gibbins in the first, while Sirmons had a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 2-2.

In the third, Covenant scored four runs on six hits. Carsyn Stone singled in Brett for the first run of the frame. One batter later, Sirmons singled home Mast and a Pacer error led to Stone also being able to score to make it 5-2. Ames capped the scoring with her single to left field that brought in Sirmons.

Stone (5-4) was again solid in the circle as she went five innings allowing two runs on seven hits in her start. She also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run at the plate. Tyler Epes threw the final two innings to secure the win.

Gibbins went 3-for-3 with a run and two steals out of the leadoff spot, while six different Lady Scots also recorded a hit apiece.

Kelsey Durham (8-6) got the loss for the Pacers.

GAME ONE: William Peace 9, Covenant 1

In Saturday's first game, Durham tossed a complete-game three-hitter and William Peace took a 9-1 win.

The Pacers went ahead 4-0 before Covenant got a run in the home half of the fourth. Grover drove in Gibbins with a fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 4-1. But Covenant would not be able to add to that and the Pacers pulled away for the win.

Madalyn Ames, Gibbins and Brett were the only players to record a hit for Covenant. Cris Gant (3-4) got the loss as she went three innings.

Four different players recorded two hits for William Peace and five more had RBIs to lead the way. Durham allowed three hits and a run with two walks on 93 pitches in her complete-game win.


Covenant will host its final home doubleheader of the regular season on Wednesday against Centre. Game one is set to start at 2 p.m.

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