By ERIC BALMER
On the Friday before spring break, the Georgetown College Softball team played conference opponent Rio Grande. At home, the Tigers took care of business in consecutive games against the Red Storm. GC (8-2, 2-0 Mid-South Conference) beat Rio Grande (0-4, 0-2 MSC), with a score of 5-4 in the first game, and 8-0 in the second.
In the first game, Georgetown had a lead of 4-1 before the away team tied it up in the seventh inning. The Tigers kept their composure and in the bottom of the seventh, with the bases loaded, Hillary Plain hit a game-winning base hit. Plain was definitely the biggest contributor to the success of the team, as she went two-for-three, scoring two runs. The pitcher, Katie Mann, was awarded the win.
GC’s next game wasn’t much of a competition, as the home team came away with a shutout win in six winnings. Contributions came from many Georgetown players. Shelby Engle was able to pitch a shutout and recorded three RBIs at the plate. Engle only allowed one hit and she struck out three. Mallory Johnson also helped out with two runs and two RBIs, and Taylor Shaw scored two and brought in one run. Johnson, Engle, Shaw and Young each had two hits during the second game.
Georgetown coach Thomas Thorton was impressed by his team’s ability to not only come back in the first game, but also deal with the shifting of the line-up. “After being unable to play for almost two weeks, I was pleased with the way they battled and took both games. We have an injury right now that also caused us to shift out line-up some, but they just rolled right with it and took care of business” (georgetowncollege.edu).