Lady Bobcats sweep USC Salkehatchie, win series over Chattahoochee Valley

The East Georgia State College Lady Bobcat softball team defeated USC Salkehatchie this past week by a score of 16–0 in Game 1 and 15–5 in Game 2.

Leading the way for East Georgia in Game 1 was Makenzie Wilkerson and Ashleigh Miles. Each player had homeruns to help the Bobcats pull ahead of USC Salkehatchie in the top of the first inning. The team never looked back in route to the 16–0 victory.

Defensively, with Britney Foster and Destiny Boaz on the mound and with good defensive outfield plays by Sierra Taylor, Madelyn Maynard, and Lexi McQuaig, Foster only gave up 2 hits in five innings.

Summer Alexander, Stephanie Ruffin, Dani Wells, Makenzie Wilkerson, and Emma Rish all provided in the infield by not allowing USC to get going on offense in any inning of Game 1.

In Game 2, the Lady Bobcats picked up with their hitting performance from Game 1 as Miles and Kylee Ussery provided back-to-back homeruns for the team in the 15–5 Bobcat victory.

Reagan Sterrett, Taylor Frye, and Remy Camp had solid defensive plays for the Lady Bobcats behind great pitching from Miles and Cierra Kinlaw.

“We had an outstanding day at the plate, scoring 31 runs in two games while allowing just 2 runs against us. We played outstanding defense behind our pitchers as Cierra Kinlaw, Britney Foster, Destiny Boaz, and Ashleigh Miles pitched lights out today for us,” Head Coach Chuck Wimberly stated after the contest. “The benefits of playing in the Florida tournament last week proved to be beneficial at all aspects of the game as we looked to be in mid-season form in just our first regular season game of the 2022 season after the kickoff tournament in Florida.”

The softball team continued its impressive performance Thursday, February 10. EGSC won two of three games over Chattahoochee Valley Community College from Alabama.

The Lady Bobcats were led in Game 1 behind strong pitching from Kinlaw, who pitched 7 complete innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits.

Taylor, Madelyn Maynard, Bailey Davis, Ussery, and Alexander provided key hits for the team in route to a 3–1 victory.

In Game 2, East Georgia fell behind early and Chattahoochee Valley claimed a 5–2 win. The Lady Bobcats could not get a key hit in Game 2, leaving the bases loaded on two occasions.

In Game 3, Foster took the mound and completely dominated Chattahoochee Valley, allowing 0 runs and only 3 hits with six strikeouts. The bats for EGSC came alive with 11 hits in Game 3, scoring 6 runs.

At the plate, Rish, Wells, Ruffin, Lexi McQuaig, Wilkerson, and Miles all had key hits as the Lady Bobcats took Game 3 by a score of 6–0 to win the series.

Wimberly stated after the games, “We played outstanding defense behind our pitchers today, and we pitched really well in all three games. We got hits and produced runs when needed throughout the day. Winning the series against a strong team like Chattahoochee Valley simply speaks for how well our Lady ‘Cats played today.”

The Lady Bobcats will be back in action on Friday, February 18, at home vs. USC Union at 1 and 3 p.m.

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