AB earns early victories

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Alderson Broaddus softball team started off the 2017 season on a positive note as they earned a pair of victories against Malone and Roosevelt on Monday.

In game one, AB defeated Malone 10-9 in extra innings before holding on to defeat Roosevelt 5-4 in game two.

In the opener, Whitney Brown put the Battlers on the board in the first inning on a two-run single to make it 2-1. In the second, Alexxi Timmons drove in Alexis Kimball to make it 3-0 before AB added to its lead in the third when Shay Demps doubled in Jazmine Martin and Sarah Tekavec to make it 5-0.

The Pioneers scored four runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 5-4 but AB answered in the next half inning when Julianna Bravo drove in Samantha Turner to make it 6-4. Malone took the lead in the bottom half as it had another strong inning from the plate scoring three runs to take a 7-6 lead.

Once again, AB answered scoring for the fifth inning in a row as it scored a three-spot with RBI’s from Kimball, Turner, and Timmons to make it 9-7 Battlers. After the Pioneers tied the game with a two-run double in the fifth, neither team scored for the next two innings forcing extras.

After a scoreless eighth, each team started the ninth inning with a runner on second base and AB capitalized first when Brown reached on an error and Burger scored from second on an errant throw. In the bottom half, Burger stranded Pioneer runner at third with two outs and AB won 10-9.

The Battlers finished with 14 hits in the opening game of the day. Kimball finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored while Timmons went 3-for-5 as well with two RBI’s and a run scored. Bravo finished with two hits and an RBI and walk while Martin hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.

AB finished with four extra-base hits in the win and collected four stolen bases including two from Kimball. On the mound, Burger picked up the victory as she went all nine innings and struck out two while giving up 10 hits and nine runs.

The Battlers forced Malone starter Allyson Gruen out of the game after just three innings as she gave up eight hits and five runs. In relief, Isabella Roberts took the loss despite giving up just one hit, one run, and struck out seven batters. Ashley Beck led the way on offense for Malone (0-1) as she went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored.

In game two, AB defeated Roosevelt 5-4 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the first two jump out to a quick lead.

The Battlers added to their lead with a run in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead before Roosevelt hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2.

In the fifth, AB scored once more when Brown scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-2.

In the top of the seventh, Roosevelt threatened with a two-run single to cut the lead to 5-4 but Chelsea Morrow stranded the game-tying run at second to secure the victory.

Morrow pitched all seven innings to win her first game on the mound for the Battlers.

After an off day, AB will be back in action for a pair of games on Wednesday when it faces Shaw at 9:30 a.m. and Ohio Christian at 11:30 a.m.