Early error costly, as MC falls to Covenant 3-2 in extras

Early error costly, as MC falls to Covenant 3-2 in extras

An early error proved costly for Maryville College on Friday afternoon, as MC fell to Covenant College in the third game of the MC Invitational, 3-2, in nine innings.

Covenant scored a pair of unearned runs in the inning, eventually sending the game to extra innings. The Georgian Scots would score on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the top of the ninth to defeat the Scots, 3-2.

Maryville struck first in their second game of the day, as they took advantage of a Covenant error. Ashton Hayden stole second after reaching on the throwing miscue, before an RBI single through the left side by Rachel Taylor would plate her. Going to the second inning, the home Scots led 1-0.

A Scots' error, a bunt single and a walk would load the bases for Covenant in that inning, threatening. Faith Manning used a two-RBI single up the middle to plate Shade Epes and Jada Allmon – both unearned. That gave the Georgian Scots a 2-1 advantage going to the bottom of the second.

Maryville would rally in the fourth behind a Morgan Brewer leadoff double to the warning track in left. An Essence Strambler bunt single just in front of the plate moved her to third, before Christen Torres tallied an RBI with a groundout. The pair of Scots would go to the fifth tied at 2-all, eventually forcing extra innings.

Covenant got a pair of runners on in the top of the eight, without an out. The Scots battled, as Casey Joliff snagged a hard-hit line drive and pitched her way out of the inning with a pair of fly outs.

Again, the Georgian Scots put runners on early in the top of the ninth. Madalyn Ames singled to short, before Carlin Labuzan doubled to the warning track down the left-field line. With only one out and runners at second and third, a hit-by-pitch would load the bags. A wild pitch would plate Ames from third, before Katlyn Smith struck out the final two batters of the inning. It would be enough, as Covenant took the win, 3-2.

Maryville (1-1) saw Hayden go 2-for-5 with a run scored in the game, while Brewer added a 2-for-4 effort with a run plated. Taylor and Torres each added RBI in the game, as Taylor, Strambler, Alexus Murray, Taylor Campbell and Christina White had one-hit days.

The Scots left eight runners stranded, while Covenant left 11 on the bags.

Joliff took the loss, going 8.1 innings with only one earned run allowed. She gave up nine hits, while striking out one. Smith went 0.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts in relief.

Covenant's Sarah Huskey moved to 1-0, as she went a complete game. She gave up nine hits and one earned run, while striking out one batter.

Covenant (2-6) saw Shannon Schmitt go as the only Georgian Scot with multiple hits in her 2-for-5 effort. Manning had a pair of RBI, while Ames, Allmon and Epes scored the three runs. Seven other Covenant players recorded single hits, while Ames took a pair of walks in her 1-for-2 day.

Maryville will look to bounce back tomorrow, weather permitting, as they host the second day of the MC Invitational. First pitch between Berea College and Covenant College is set for 10 a.m., before Maryville takes the field against Berea at noon.