Lady Sens split with Lady Colts, finish No. 2 in region

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2005

Morgan Academy knew coming into Wednesday’s game against Hooper Christian that they had to win at least one of the two games scheduled to make it to the postseason. That’s what they did. The Lady Senators buckled down and secured a 6-4 win in the second game, after dropping the first one 4-2 in extra innings.

According to Rick Blevins, coach of the Lady Sens, walks were what hurt them in the first game. Also

on four separate occasions, the Lady Senators had runners in scoring position and were unable to capitalize.

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In game one, Morgan was able to manufacture a run when Anne Larkin Oaks reached base courtesy of a single.

She was advanced to second and then to third. Kate Gilmer’s short-hopping grounder to the third baseman allowed Oaks to score from third on the fielder’s choice, which tied the game at 1-1 and sent it into an extra frame.

The extra frame was played using the Internation Tie-breaker rule, which basically means the inning starts with the batting team having a runner on second. The Lady Colts posted a three-run eighth inning to stretch the lead to 4-1.

MA was able to tack on a single run in the bottom of the extra frame, but still came up short, losing 4-2.

In game two, the Lady Senators were able to string together a rally throughout the game. MA knocked off their opponents 6-4 to earn a playoff berth and a No. 2 seed in the region.

Oaks took the win in game two while Laura Whitney Bennett suffered the loss in game one.

With this berth into the AISA state championship tournament, Morgan will enter with a record of 10-17.

Before the Lady Sens can play tournament ball, they have to play the remainder of their season. They will host Shelby Academy on Saturday in their home finale and then spend Tuesday at Lowndes Academy and Thursday at Meadowview Christian.