Panthers reach championship game of 2010 GSAC tournament

Panthers reach championship game of 2010 GSAC tournament

The Panthers will face top-seed Piedmont College on Sunday at noon CST for the tournament title. The Panthers will have to beat the Lady Lions twice to claim their fourth straight GSAC Tournament title. Piedmont edged the Panthers 2-1 earlier in the tournament.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead after two innings against Maryville. Katie Ison's RBI single scored Katie Hein, who led off game with a ground-rule double to left center, to make it 1-0.

In the second inning, the Panthers added two more runs. With one out, Kayla Folds reached on a single to right. Freshman Laura Webber followed with her first collegiate home run to make it 3-0.

Panther starter Kristen Woodard ran into trouble in the third inning. The Lady Scots had a run in and the bases loaded with two outs in the inning. Folds relieved Woodard and struck out Kim Clark to end the inning.

Folds (6-4) allowed only two hits the rest of the way to pick up the win. She did not walk a batter and struck out one.

Folds and Hein each had two hits for the Panthers, who had six in the game. Maryville had eight hits in the game, but stranded seven runners.

The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Huntingdon. Valeree Williams, who had two doubles in the game, drove in Ison with her first one in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers took control of the game with a five-run second inning. Becca Abernathy's first collegiate home run, a two-run shot started the inning's scoring. Ison and Shanna Brumbelow added run-scoring singles in the inning.

Hein upped the Panthers' lead to 7-0 with an RBI single in the third inning. Hein's hit scored Folds, who had led off the inning with a walk.

P.J. Pringle and Mary Lawren Hill hit solo home runs for Huntingdon in the third and fourth innings to make it 7-2. The Panthers closed out the scoring in the seventh, as Williams led off the inning with a double. She eventually scored on Webber's ground out to make it 8-2.

Brumbelow (9-6) allowed a run in three innings in getting the win. Woodard allowed a run in an inning of work after relieving Brumbelow. Danielle LaDuron picked up her third save of the year with three scoreless innings of relief.

The Panthers had eight hits in the game. Ison and Wiliams had two hits each. Huntingdon was held to three hits.