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Softball outscores opponents 46-5 in weekend tourney


Published (Volume 77, No. 6)


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Senior Skyhawk Kristin Runyan stretches for the catch during the tourney.

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The Skyhawk softball team out scored its six opponents 46-5 and turned in a .408 batting average this past weekend in the two-day, 14-team Skyhawk Fall Classic played at Martin Recreation Complex.

The Skyhawks opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Dyersburg State. Kelly Swafford tossed a one-hitter. Kristin Runyan went three-for-four at the dish with a home run. Fallon Lowery was two-for-three and Megan Mizell was one-for-three with a homer.

Newcomer Lauren Weber led the Skyhawks to a 6-2 victory over Jackson State in the second game Friday night. Kristin Hogan was two-for-three at the plate, while Lowery went one-for-three with a homer in the game.

Mizell tossed a one-hitter against Rend Lake as the Skyhawks posted a 13-0 win in five innings. The Skyhawks combined for 15 hits in the game.

Ashley Hodge, Holly Templeton, Jennifer Young and Mizell had two hits each for the Skyhawks, while Runyan hit her second home run of the tournament. Ashley Ruggles tacked on a double and a triple in the game.

Senior Nicole Davis struck out five batters and allowed three hits in the Skyhawks’ 8-0 win over Mid-Continent College. Mizell had three hits, while Runyan and Whalen had two hits each for the Skyhawks.

Templeton gave up seven hits, but struck out four in the Skyhawks’ closest game of the tournament, a 4-2, six-inning game against John A. Logan Community College. Christa Webb, Davis and Ginny Swearengen had two hits each for the Skyhawks.

Lindsey Brown, another Skyhawk newcomer tossed a one-hitter and struck out six batters in the Skyhawks’ 9-1 victory over Bethel College.

Hogan had three hits in the game, while Whalen and Mizell had two hits each for the Skyhawks.

“The biggest surprise in this tournament was our hitting,” said Skyhawk head coach Donley Canary. “It wasn’t one person who came through for us, it was everyone up and down the lineup.”

Canary said the pitching was equally as impressive. The Skyhawks gave up five runs in the six games, but of the five only three were earned.

“Everybody played well in this tournament,” Canary said. “We still have at least four positions that players are competing for.”

The Skyhawks will continue fall practice and close it out with several intra-squad scrimmages later this month.