Softball: Panthers eliminated in GSAC tournament with heart-breaking losses

Softball: Panthers eliminated in GSAC tournament with heart-breaking losses

MACON, Ga. - LaGrange's bid to reach the championship game of the Great South Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at Matthews Athletic Complex came up a game short. The Panthers (22-19) were eliminated by top-seeded Piedmont (25-13) with a 5-4 loss Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers lost 4-3 to Huntingdon, dropping them to the loser's bracket against the Lady Lions. The Panthers had won 3-0 in the first meeting Friday.

Piedmont led 4-0 after two innings. The Panthers came back to tie the game with a run in each of the next four innings.

The Panthers got on the board in the third inning as Katie Hein had a run-scoring single to make it 4-1. Kayla Folds drove in the Panthers' next run with an RBI triple in the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Shanna Brumbelow's base hit with two outs scored Katie Ison to make it 4-3. The Panthers tied the game in the sixth with the help of two Piedmont errors. Emmie Trull scored the tying run as Mallory Muncher reached on one of the errors.

The Lady Lions pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. B.J. Cofer drew a bases loaded walk off Folds (6-7) forcing in the winning run. Folds pitched the final 4-1/3 innings, allowing the one run.

In the first game of the day against Huntingdon, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Megan Wing drove in Olivia McGehee with an RBI single. Audrey Fortmann scored the second run on an error.

The Lady Hawks (26-14) answered with two runs in each of the first and third innings to go up 4-2. The Panthers drew within a run in the fifth inning.

Huntingdon committed three errors in the inning to help the Panthers. Hein's sacrifice fly scored Ison to make it 4-3.

The Panthers could not rally in the final two innings. They were retired in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Panthers had eight hits in the game. Wingl and McGehee each had two hits.

It was the last game for six seniors: Brumbelow, Hein, Ison, Danielle LaDuron, Denise Van Rijst and Kristen Woodard.