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Baron softball takes advantage of 12 game home stand
MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College women’s softball team won six of eight games at home last week. As a result, the Barons (16-10, 3-5 SSAC) could finish no worse than .500 on their present twelve game home stand, which wrapped up March 6.
The stretch began Feb. 26 with the Barons avenging a doubleheader split with Georgia Southwestern State University. BPC swept the Hurricanes, 5-4 and 9-1. In game one, Britney Euler had three hits and drove in two RBIs. Lindsay Hamrick contributed two hits and had three RBIs. Keena Hallman and Courtney Payne each had hits in the win.
In game two, the Barons were led by Ashley Beecher’s hitting and Leah Bennett’s pitching as BPC completed the doubleheader sweep. Beecher turned in a three hit performance, drove in an RBI, and stole a base. Krissy Reill and Britney Smiley both finished with two hits, with Reill driving in three RBIs. Bennett, Hamrick, Payne, Rachel Nutter, Michelle Clark and Kelli Wilson rounded out BPC’s offensive contributions.
On the mound, Bennett held the Hurricanes to three hits while giving up only one run.
Game one of the Feb. 27 doubleheader against Fort Valley State University saw the Tigers jump on Reill early with a two run home run in the first. Reill settled down and the Baron bats came alive en route to a 10-2 victory. Beecher, Amanda Averette and Sara McPherson each had two hits for the Barons. Beecher also had two stolen bases.
The Baron offense continued in the second game as BPC completed their second straight doubleheader sweep, 9-1. Katherine Christian led the Barons at the plate with three hits while driving in three RBIs. Bennett, McPherson and Averette each had two hits in the win.
Riding the momentum of four game winning streak, the Barons returned to Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) play this past weekend with doubleheaders against Southern Wesleyan University and Brenau University.
The Barons battled back from a 3-1 deficit in game one against Southern Wesleyan with a four run fifth inning to win their fifth straight, 5-3. Reill led the Barons at the plate with four hits. Payne finished with three hits while Wilson and Hamrick each had two. Beecher, Euler and Bridget Ingram also added hits.
Despite having runners in scoring position three different times early in game two, the Barons couldn’t manage to get the runs in. The Warriors took advantage and earned a split of the doubleheader with a 6-2 win. Smiley was the offensive leader for BPC with a home run and a double on the way to a three hit performance. Beecher finished with two hits while Reill, Euler, Wilson, Hamrick and Bennett each had one hit.
After dropping the first game against Brenau University, 7-1, BPC used a five run fifth inning in game two – led by Smiley’s game tying grand slam – to split the doubleheader, 7-6. Bennett, the game two starter, went the full seven innings to pick up the win.
Head coach Jason Bryant is quick to give credit for his team’s performance over the past week.
“It is really fun coaching this team,” said Bryant. “They just keep playing. We are very careful to give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ for all he does for us. We do this in losses as well as (in) wins.”
Bryant points to his team leaving runners in scoring position against Southern Wesleyan as an example of the work that lies ahead as the Barons approach the halfway point of the season.
“I hope we learn that in this league you must execute to win,” he said. “We are young and I hope this message was sent and we respond positively to the lesson. (God) has given us a great group of young ladies to be a part of Brewton-Parker College.”
The twelve game home stand concluded March 6 against Faulkner University. The Barons will participate in a tournament hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) March 9-10. BPC returns home March 13 for a non-conference doubleheader against Webber International.