Battler softball team drops pair pair

LEESBURG, Fla. — The Alderson Broaddus softball team dropped a pair of games on the final day of the Spring Games Tournament, falling 5-1 to Concordia St. Paul and 8-7 to Minnesota State Moorhead on Thursday.

Concordia was able to jump out to a 3-0 lead out of the gate in the first inning in the lidlifter. The Battlers’ defense and pitching would tighten up, keeping the score 3-0 until the fourth inning. AB was able to chip into the lead after a homer from Hadassah Curry to make the score 3-1. Concordia was able to add two more insurance runs as the Battlers couldn’t push any more runs across the plate to complete a comeback.

In the seecond game, Minnesota St. Moorhead opened the first inning with a two-run homer to take an early lead.

The Dragons’ lead didn’t last long as AB scored six straight runs from the first to third inning. Emily Rhodes and Caitlin Winkler had two RBIs each to make it 4-2, along with an RBI from Curry and Maura Mallon to push the Battlers’ lead to 6-1.

The momentum seemed to shift for both teams after a scary moment in the fourth inning when Dragon’s pitcher Payton Gaber took a line drive to the head. Gaber was eventually able to walk off on her own and was replaced by Becky Berth.

The Dragons were a different team after that, scoring six straight runs of their own to take a 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Curry was able to cut the Battlers’ deficit to one after a hitting her second homer of the day in the sixth inning. AB was unable to push across any runs in the seventh to earn the walk-off victory, as the Dragons held on for a 8-7 win.

Mallon went 2 for 4 in the second game, while Payton Barr and Lauren Meyer scored two runs each.

Curry went 3 for 3 and was locked in on the day for AB.

She was 5 for 5 with two home runs and three RBIs in the two games.