ATLANTA, Ga. - GSAC softball teams competed in a bevy of contests last week with no team faring better than Huntingdon. The Hawks ran their league record to a perfect 10-0 with a 4-game sweep of Wesleyan and doubleheader sweep of Agnes Scott for a perfect 6-0 week.
While Huntingdon sits atop the league standings unblemished and with a 16-8 overall record, new GSAC addition Finlandia has accrued the best winning percentage by going 21-6 so far on the season. The league will use the Massey Ratings to help seed the conference tournament with teams like Trinity (D.C.) and Pine Manor needing to be slotted. The Gators of Pine Manor also enjoyed an outstanding week on the diamond, going 6-2 in eight games as their schedule heated up.
The Salem Spirts also had a fine week, getting a doubleheader sweep of Covenant.
Below are the recaps from the winning school's sports information department from the league games this past week.
Huntingdon Sweeps Agnes Scott in Doubleheader to Improve to 10-0 in GSAC Games
ATLANTA – The Huntingdon softball team picked up its third conference sweep in three days with a 2-1 win and an 11-3 victory over Agnes Scott on Sunday.
Brittany Richardson and Jenna Rimensnyder led Huntingdon (16-8, 10-0 Great South Athletic Conference) at the plate. Richardson was 6-for-8 with one RBI and two runs on the day and Rimensnyder was 5-for-8 with two RBIs and one run in the doubleheader.
Huntingdon scored two runs early in Game 1 and held off the Scotties for a one-run win. A Lauren Welch triple scored Gabby Alcantar in the first inning and a solo home run by Jade Reynolds made it 2-0 in the third inning.
Melissa McClure earned the win, striking out five, scattering five hits, walking one and allowing one run in seven innings. Brooke Meadows picked up the second win, striking out seven, allowing six hits and three runs and walking one in seven innings.
In Game 2, the Lady Hawks scored six runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the seventh inning to put the game away. Richardson had four hits, a RBI and two runs in Game 2 and Rimensnyder had three hits, two RBIs and a run. Holly Ostrander, Halleigh DiNicholas and Reynolds each had two RBIs in the second game. Ostrander and Reynolds each scored one run.
Salem Tops Covenant in Doubleheader Sweeep
Lookout Mountain, GA-The Salem College softball team dominated Covenant on the road in two games of Great South action. Kristi Morton (Trussville, AL) and Lexi Perez (Mount Ulla, NC) were both red-hot from the plate. The Spirits improve their GSAC record to 4-4 and 7-17 overall, while Covenant falls to 1-7 and 2-22.
Morton went 4 for 4 in game one with 2 runs, and she was 7 for 9 overall. Perez went 4 for 4 in game two with 2 runs batted in, and she was 6 for 8 overall. Kierston Garner (Danbury, NC) led the Spirits with 5 runs batted in including her 5th home-run of the season.
Allie Watkins (Locust, NC) earned both wins on the mound for the Spirits. She only allowed 12 hits in 14 innings.
Huntingdon Blows Past Wesleyan in 4-game Set
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon softball team pushed its winning streak to eight games with a 20-0 and 22-0 sweep of Wesleyan on Saturday. Both Great South Athletic Conference games lasted five innings.
Huntingdon (14-8, 8-0 GSAC) totaled 21 hits in Game 1 and 23 hits in Game 2 and four home runs for the day. Eleven different Huntingdon players recorded at least one hit in each game. Huntingdon pitchers Melissa McClure, Brooke Meadows and Kaetlen Brown combined for no-hitters in each game.
McClure, who threw a perfect game against Wesleyan on Friday, pitched a five-inning no-hitter in Game 1. McClure struck out 10 and walked two. Brown earned the win in Game 2, striking out five and walking one in relief of starter Meadows. Meadows struck out two and walked one.
Six Huntingdon players finished the day with four hits. Jenna Rimensnyder was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and five runs, Brown was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run, Ashley Johnson was 4-for-9 with five RBIs and four runs and Chasity Ward was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Holly Ostrander was 4-for-4 with four runs and a RBI in Game 1 and Alicia Gauker was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs in Game 2.
In Game 2, Halleigh DiNicholas hit a three-run home run. DiNicholas finished the day with four RBIs and two runs. Ashlee Zachmeyer was one of three Lady Hawks with three hits in the second game. Zachmeyer had three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kari Ranczka scored three runs in the second game and four for the day.
MACON, Ga. – The Huntingdon softball team remained perfect in conference play with a 14-0 and 7-1 sweep of Wesleyan on Friday.
Highlighting the sweep were Melissa McClure's perfect game in the opener and 25 hits for the Lady Hawks (12-8, 6-0 Great South Athletic Conference) in the two games.
McClure faced 15 batters in the five-inning game and struck out 10 for the win. Brooke Meadows picked up the win in Game 2, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out five. Anna Stephens struck out five, walked two and gave up two hits in relief.
Ten different Huntingdon players recorded hits in Game 1 and a total of 15 Lady Hawks either had a hit, a RBI or a run in the win. Nine Lady Hawks had at least one hit in Game 2.
Ashlee Zachmeyer and Ashley Johnson each had four hits in the doubleheader and Justice Fuller and Lauren Welch each had three hits. Zachmeyer was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs and Johnson was 4-for-6 with a RBI, two runs and four stolen bases. Welch was 3-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and a run and Fuller was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run.