Softball Opens Up Season

The Emory & Henry Softball team started their season in Demorest, Georgia, last weekend, February 18.In the first game of the Piedmont Classic tournament, the Wasps took on the Millsaps College Majors.

In the first game of the Piedmont Classic tournament, the Wasps took on the Millsaps College Majors.

In the first inning, the Majors took an early 1-0 lead, which would then proceed to be the winning run. Throughout the next 5 innings, both pitchers were on fire, throwing 10 straight three-up, three-down. The best chance for the Wasps was in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore Erin Anderson smashed a one out triple to get a runner in scoring position for Emory & Henry. E&H was unable to capitalize on the triple and fell 1-0 and started (0-1) on the season.

Later in the day, E&H bounced back and were able to edge out a 3-2 win over Greensboro College. Senior Ragan Halsey started off for the Wasps in the top of the second inning by hitting an RBI single to bring in a run. First-year shortstop Courtney Herron extended the lead to 3-0 after a RBI double in the fourth inning, and a sacrifice fly-out in the fifth.
In the end, Junior Emily Kendrick was able to pick up her first save for the Wasps, as Tiffany Cole picked up the win in the circle.

Beginning the next day, the Wasps faced off against tournament host Piedmont College. Even though they were at home, Piedmont played as the visitors and took a 1-0 lead into the top of the third. The Wasps best chance came in the bottom of the sixth when there were runners on second and third with no outs, and Piedmont was able to retire the next three batters and get out of the inning preserving their leads.

In the seventh inning the wasps were than able to start it with a walk, and then had three straight pop-ups to end the inning and the game.
Lastly, the Wasps suffered another loss to Greensboro College in the second time the two teams met with a 7-4 loss.

The Wasps will next take the field on February 26, when they travel to Methodist University for a double header. The Wasps go into the game with a record of (1-3) on the season, looking to break even and bring their record to (3-3) with two wins.

For the Wasps to be victortious this season, they will need to be able to hit the ball, and keep pitching the way that they pitched this past weekend.

– Mossi Tager

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