Reinhardt's bid for crown comes to close
by Emily Horos
May 29, 2013 12:49 AM | 1121 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maddie Monroe couldn’t keep the season going for Reinhardt’s softball team, which was eliminated from the NAIA championship Tuesday.
<br>Special photo by Reinhardt University
Maddie Monroe couldn’t keep the season going for Reinhardt’s softball team, which was eliminated from the NAIA championship Tuesday.
Special photo by Reinhardt University
Maddie Monroe’s arm couldn’t carry Reinhardt any further, the Lady Eagles’ bats couldn’t get a handle opposing ace Karisa Hendrix and Reinhardt was eliminated from the NAIA national championship with a 4-0 loss to Williams Baptist (Ark.) on Tuesday in Columbus.

Reinhardt (45-9) fell behind early after Williams Baptist leadoff batter Felicia Woodard reached third on an error. Woodard then came in to score when the next batter, Lauren Sweeten, singled. Reinhardt then got out of the inning without further damage after inducing a strikeout and flyout, and catching Sweeten as she attempted to steal second.

Williams Baptist (46-8) did the rest of its damage with a three-run third inning.

After a one-out single by Brittany Merritt started things off, singles by Woodard and Sweeten followed before Shelby Anderson struck out with the bases loaded.

It appeared Reinhardt might work its way out of the jam, but Monroe was called for throwing an illegal pitch and the baserunners each advanced a base, plating Merritt.

Then, on a 3-0 count, Callie Brooks singled through the hole at second to drive in Woodard and Sweeten.

Kelsey Floyd replaced Monroe on the mound and ended the inning by inducing a grounder.

Reinhardt had several chances to score, including when it loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but Tyler Sampson struck out. The Lady Eagles also left runners on second and third in the fifth.

Lindsey Booker led Reinhardt, going 2-for-3 in the game. Over the Lady Eagles’ four games in Columbus, she was 6-for-11 and scored a pair of runs.

Hendrix, who gave up just four hits in the complete-game victory, shut down the Lady Eagles, who had not been shut out since May 17, 2012 — a span of 55 games.

Reinhardt suffered its first loss of the double-elimination tournament Saturday at the hands of top-seeded Concordia (Calif.). The Lady Eagles trailed 6-0, but rallied with a six-run fifth inning before giving up a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

Floyd, who pitched 1 2/3 of relief, took the loss. Monroe started and pitched 3 2/3 innings before ultimately returning to the circle and closing out the game.

After a day off, the Lady Eagles bounced back Monday by defeating Auburn-Montgomery 2-1 in eight innings. Floyd’s one-out single, which drove in former Creekview High School standout Alexis Chumbler in the eighth, proved to be the difference.

Auburn-Montgomery went up 1-0 on a solo home run by Kaya Hale in the second, but Reinhardt knotted it at 1-all in the third by scoring on a double steal.

Monroe allowed one run on eight hits and four walks while striking out three.
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