Becca Abernathy's base hit lifted LaGrange to a 4-3 win in the first game of its GSAC doubleheader Saturday with Maryville at the LaGrange College Softball Complex. The Lady Scots blanked the Panthers 7-0 in the second game to gain a split of the doubleheader.
The games were part of a nation wide Childhood Cancer Awarness Day, with both teams wearing special uniforms for the games. Donations raised at the games went to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
The split left LaGrange 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the GSAC. The loss in Game 2 was only the second in the last 13 games for the Panthers. Maryville is 4-11 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Maryville tied the first game 3-3 in the seventh inning with a two-out solo home run by Andrea Brew off Kayla Folds (2-1). The Lady Scots' Sarah Reeder retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh.
Katie Hein (1-for-4, R) kept the inning going with a base hit right field, then stole second. Folds walked and Abernathy (2-for-4, RBI) singled to left to score Hein with the winning run.
Kristen Woodard started for the Panthers, pitching into the sixth inning before being relieved by Folds. She scattered six hits and walked one.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs, Laura Webber (1-for-3, R) doubled and Olivia McGehee (1-for-3, R) singled. After Woodard (0-for-2) walked to load the bases, Katie Ison (1-for-4, 2 RBI) singled to left to drive in Webber and McGehee.
Maryville tied the game 2-2 with a run in the fourth inning and another in the sixth. The Panthers took the lead again on a RBI single by Courtney Beshel (1-for-3, RBI) in the bottom of the sixth.
In the second game, Maryville built a 6-0 lead in the first two innings. Danielle LaDuron (2-2) started and took the loss for the Panthers, allowing four runs.
Amanda Stukel relieved LaDuron in the second inning. She gave up two runs, only one earned in 5-2/3 innings. Stukel allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Abernathy (2-for-3) had two of the Panthers' three hits off of Reeder. Ison (1-for-3) had the other hit for the Panthers.
The Panthers host Berry on Sunday in a non-conference game.