Lady Eagles closer to postseason

Published 10:02 pm Saturday, April 16, 2011

Judson College's Tori Graff (34) knocks a ball into play in the second game of the Eagles' 21-6 win over Concordia College Saturday at the Selma Softball Complex. The Eagles took both games from the doubleheader. -- Chris Wasson

Judson College moved ever closer to reaching the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national playoffs with a pair of wins over Concordia College-Selma.

The Eagles (17-20) defeated the Lady Hornets (2-22) 15-1 in the first game and 21-6 in game two.

“I don’t know what you can say about games like that,” Eagles head coach Lee Jones said. “We played well both games and came out with two wins, that’s what you want to do any game.”

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The pair of wins gives Judson a breath of life in the USCAA playoff picture with the conference win.

The Eagles need to finish in the top eight teams national, but are not there yet.

“Right now we are on the bubble,” Jones said. “We need to win the next couple of games and hope something happens, but we can get there still.”

Ashley Sawyer pitched a one-hitter for Judson in the first game, allowing only one run to cross as well, late in the game.

Rebecca Harper gave up five runs in her outing, but the coach said he was pleased with both girls.

“We pitched mighty well today,” Jones said. “And what can you say about the batters? We had a great team effort at the plate today and it showed.”

On the other side of the diamond, improvement was shown by the Lady Hornets in their final game of the season, even if the score didn’t prove as much.

“We ended the season better than we started it,” Concordia coach Curtis Wimberly said. “I’m proud of the way these girls fought this season. We are getting better, that’s what you want to do.”

The Lady Hornets must use the offseason to recruit well, but also get help from returning players.

“It will be about recruiting and retention,” Wimberly said. “We are only losing one senior, so we have a lot to build on.”

“The future is bright.”