Lady Eagles finish second in Slocomb tournament

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Goshen Lady Eagles softball team finished the weekend 3-2 and took home second place in the 2016 Slocomb Softball Tournament.

The Eagles (6-3) lost game one to Geneva County 4-3 in seven innings, defeated Wicksburg 6-2, and throttled Elba and Zion Chapel 15-1 and 13-3 before losing 5-4 to Slocomb in the championship game.

“We could have won it,” said head coach Amy Warrick. “We were right there … I thought they played well.”

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In game one’s loss to Geneva County, both teams controlled each other offensively and the game had to be decided in seven innings with the international tie-breaking procedures. With the game tied 1-1 heading into the seventh the Eagles were able to take a two-run lead before Geneva County scored in the bottom half to clinch the win.

“We came out slow in the first game, but we played really well,” Warrick said. “We hit the ball really well.”

In game two against Wicksburg, the bats came to life. The Eagles finished with eight hits during the game and were led by Hannah Calhoun and Kati Thomas who both went 2-3.

“Everyone pretty much had their bats going,” Warrick said. “We still have a few that are getting around kind of slow, but I thought everybody did a pretty good job at hitting this weekend.”

The offense was on display during their next two games. The Eagles combined to outscore both Elba and Zion Chapel 28-4 during the two games. Sydni Garrett led the way in the win against Elba by going 3-3 while scoring two runs.

In the win against the Rebels, Kate Warrick finished the game going a perfect 3-3.

During the five games tournament Garrett led the way in hitting for the Eagles by finishing with a .666 batting average.

In the championship match with Slocomb The Eagles had an early lead of 3-0 before broke away.

Garrett pitched the championship for the Eagles, allowing only two hits in four innings.

“I was really proud of the pitching,” Warrick said. “I though both of pitchers did well. We just kind swapped them in and out.”

The tournament over the weekend gave the Eagles the opportunity to play quality opponents and more than anything build their experience.

“It was really big,” Warrick said. “It lets you see a lot of different kinds of pitching and that gets you ready for the end.”

The Eagles will be back in action on March 17 when they host Slocomb.