D&E women’s tennis team wins G-MAC title

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Davis &?Elkins captured the G-MAC women’s tennis championship with a 5-3 win over Cedarville, Ohio, on Saturday.

The finals began with the three doubles matches, in which Cedarville quickly won the No. 2 doubles, Lily Schuler and Courtney Heydt and No. 3 doubles, Maryssa Herbert and Kristen Heydt – by a score of 8-4 and 8-3. The Lady Jackets led early in the No. 1 doubles match, but D&E’s Julia Hoehn and Natela Portshidze rallied to force a tiebreaker and took the match 9-8 (7-5).

As the teams went into singles play, the Senators knew they needed four of the six matches to win the title. D&E jumped out to an early lead, winning the first set in four of the six matches. Cedarville however, posted the first win in singles as the No. 5 singles, Herbert, won 6-3, 6-1 to pull Cedarville within two matches of the title.

The Senators responded winning No. 1 singles, Hoehn, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 singles, Portshidze, 6-4, 6-4; and No. 4 singles, Jala Hassan, 6-3, 6-3, to take a 4-3 lead in the match.

Cedarville’s No. 2 singles, Lily Schuler, held a 1-0 lead in sets, but before she could push the match to a deciding point, D&E’s No. 6 singles, Erika Ridgway, finished off the match and secured the championship for the Senators in an exciting three set match, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.

D&E finished the season undefeated in the regular season at 7-0 and won both of its tournament match-ups.

College baseball

AB sweeps Tech

PHILIPPI – Marquis Collier mashed a walk-off grand slam to lift the Alderson Broaddus baseball team to a 7-3 victory in game one, while the Battlers overcame a 7-0 deficit to earn a 13-12 victory in the second half of a doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

AB fell behind in game one when the Golden Bears scored one run each in the first and second inning. The Battlers forced across a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1 when Jeff Conley was hit by a pitch an then scored on a Travis Hurley double.

West Virginia Tech pushed the lead to 3-1 with a Mike Ryan solo home run in the sixth. AB answered in the bottom of the frame taking advantage of a West Virginia Tech error and a Jordan Martin triple to even the score 3-3.

After Bobby Colton held the Golden Bears, Daniel Essian drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Conley. After a Hurley intentional walk loaded the bases Collier took the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall for the walk-off winner.

The Battlers got off to a rocky start in game two allowing seven runs in the top of the first on six hits sparked by a Marc-Richard Culmer home run.

AB chipped away in the bottom of the inning scoring a pair of unearned runs taking advantage of misplayed ball to cut the lead to 7-2. The Battlers tallied two more runs in the second and third to cut the lead to 7-6.

The Battlers took the lead in the fourth stringing together eight hits and a sacrifice fly to plate six runs and take a 12-7 lead. West Virginia Tech tied the game in the sixth with four runs sparked by a Culmer triple to right field.

Collier hit a two-strike double down the left field line and came around to score on a single by Brandon Quay.

Conley struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save.

The Battlers are back in action at 3 p.m. Tuesday when they host Salem International for a doubleheader.