Lady Indians Light Up the Scoreboard
by Joc Calloway - Chipola Athletics
In the night cap of the first day’s action of 2010 NJCAA National Softball Tournament, the Chipola Lady Indians battled a very impressive #7 Chattanooga State College.
After exchanging the lead back and forth throughout the game, timely hits allowed the Chipola Lady Indians to defeat Chattanooga 10-4 and move one game closer to the National Championship.
In the top of the first inning, Chipola’s Nikki Roddy started the Lady Indians off to the right start with a long single to center field. Her hit was followed by another single by Ariell van Hook and advanced Roddy to third base. Roddy would be picked off at third for the second out of the inning. Trish Bliss came to the plate with van Hook standing at second base. Bliss would connect with her first homerun of the national tournament to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Chattanooga jumped on the scoreboard with a first pitcher homerun by Leah Kelley to left field. Not wanting to continue that action, Chipola’s pitcher, Emma Stevenson worked the pitcher’s circle and caused the next batter to ground out back to the pitcher for the first out of the inning. The second out would come on a fly out to the catcher and the third was a pop up to Stevenson in the pitcher’s circle.
Chattanooga would take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on the bat of Leah Kelley as she blasted another homerun, this time to center field and with a teammate on base; giving the Lady Tigers a 3-2 lead. Chattanooga would put runners on second and third, but Stevenson would battle back to get the strike out for the final out of the inning.
The Lady Indians’ bats would come back to life in the top of the sixth when Brittany Black would double to center field and then would steal third base before Hannah Lovestrand was hit by the pitcher to put runners on the corners. Selentia Pittman battled the pitcher before launching a ball to deep left field that plated both Black and Lovestrand; put the Lady Indians up 6-3. The speedy Pittman was able to turn a routine single into a sliding triple. Michelle Hewett would follow with a single of her own to score Pittman at third.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Tigers were lead by Leah Kelley would add another homerun to her stat line and cut the Chipola lead to 7-4. However, Kelley’s teammates could not continue to chip away at the Lady Indians’ lead.
In the top of the seventh, Chipola’s Ariell van Hook punch a straight line drive over the left center field fence to get the run back from the inning before, giving Chipola a 8-4 lead. The hitting streak would continue as Brittany Black would rip a homerun as high as the mile high mountains, plating Trish Bliss who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, a misplayed ball by Black in right field allowed the lead-off hitter to advance to second. However, Stevenson would strikeout the next two batters looking and then get the fierce Leah Kelley to pop up to Trish Bliss at third base for the final out of the game.
The winning pitcher for Chipola was Emma Stevenson who allowed eight hits and three walks, whiling striking out six in a complete game featuring 130 total pitches.
Chipola will now face in-state foe Miami-Dade in a rematch of the FCCAA State Championship at 12:30pm MDT / 1:30pm CST. Live game video and stats can be found on www.chipolaathletics.com