LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The East top-seed Meredith College softball team ended their season early with a record 28 wins Friday morning. The West three-seed Huntingdon Hawks scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate the Angels from the USA South Tournament.
With a 7-2 lead heading into the final frame, Meredith appeared to have the game wrapped up., and rookie pitcher Julia Cerasi caught the first batter looking before the inning began to unravel. Back-to-back pinch hitters advanced on a single and a walk, and Brandi Blair scored both with a double. Two more batters loaded the bases, and a RBI-single pulled the Hawks to within two with just one out on the board.
Savannah Patterson entered the circle for Meredith, and another hit tied the game. The Hawks ended the game early with a fielder's choice that scored the winning run.
After a scoreless first inning, the Avenging Angels picked up momentum in the second. Maria Annunziata walked, and Rachel Peel advanced with help from an unforced Huntingdon error. Julia Allsbrook hit a two-out RBI-double to lead off the scoring for Meredith.
The Hawks took the lead in the bottom of the frame with a two-RBI double. A one-two-three inning for the Angels returned Huntingdon to the bats, but the Meredith defense held the Hawks.
Annunziata advanced on a single in the fourth, and Charly Cox blasted a double down the line to drive in the runner tying the score 2-2. Haley Ervin and Kelsey Mabe picked up singles in the fifth but were left stranded.
The defense held Huntingdon once again, and Meredith took over the game in the sixth.
Annunziata and Cox walked, and Peel reached on an error to load the bases. Ellen Blevins scored two on a single to right, and Mabe added another with a sacrifice fly. Brittany Bucklin crushed a double to center to extend the Angels lead to a comfortable five runs before a new pitcher closed out the inning.
No score from either team in the bottom of six and top of seven returned the Hawks for their six-run, five-hit rally to knock out the Avenging Angels.