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Long ball dooms LWC Softball in NAIA opening round loss

By Kyrin Mayfield

The top-seeded Lindsey Wilson softball team fell 3-1 to No. 3-seed Madonna (MI) in the NAIA Opening Round on Tuesday at Sparks Park. Two sixth-inning home runs by the Crusaders proved to be the difference as Madonna defeated the Blue Raiders for the second time in a row in the postseason.

Lindsey Wilson wasted no time getting on the board. Lexi Isable began the first with a single and then stole second. With one out, Mikayla Marquez sent a ground ball up the middle and into center. Isable hustled around third and beat out the throw home for the opening run.

One frame later, the Crusaders tied the game. A one-out double put a runner in scoring position for Madonna, which the Crusaders capitalized on with an RBI-single two batters later.

From that point on, it was a pitching-dominant contest. Both squads only managed two combined hits and six strikeouts over the following three-and-a-half innings.

Unfortunately, Madonna was able to send two balls over the fence in the sixth inning to claim a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Raiders tried to rally in the final frame. Sam Sims earned a walk to begin the inning and advanced to second on a Carissa Summers one-out base knock. However, a strikeout and a groundout ended any chance of a Lindsey Wilson comeback and the Blue Raiders were defeated for the first time in the opening round.

Annabelle Ramirez (26-6) took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits but issued no walks. Additionally, she struck out six.

Marquez was one of three Blue Raiders to record a hit in the contest. She also notched an RBI over three at-bats. Isable went 1-for-2 with Lindsey Wilson's lone run.

The Blue Raiders fall to the consolation bracket and take the field later today at 6pmCT in an elimination game against the winner of No. 2-seed Saint Xavier (Ill.) and No. 4-seed Brenau (Ga.).

This story was posted on 2021-05-18 15:56:09
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