Marion, AL - The Lady Lions traveled to Judson University in Marion, Alabama for the NCCAA Regional Tournament. The Lions would be set up in the #1 seed of the tournament and would play Southern Wesleyan University. The Lady Lions started heating up in the bottom of the 2nd when Jorden Williams hit a home run to put the first run on the board.
Bottom of the 3rd the Lions continued when Kara Hembree singled to left field and stole second base. Madison Franklin singled to left field and when Kirsten Hill doubled to right field, both Franklin and Hembree scored bringing the score 3-0 Lions. Bottom of the 4th Halle Cheek started it off again when he singled to right field and Kara Hembree singled to the pitcher to move her over. Crystal Busbee then double to left center to bring in Cheek and Hembree; 5-0 Lions.
The Lady Lions would end with 10 hits and 5 runs.
Key players include: Crystal Busbee with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2-4 at the plate; Kalen Callaway with a double; Kirsten Hill with a double, RBI, and 1-2 at the plate; Jorden Williams with a homerun and RB; Kara Hembree with a stolen base and going 2-4 at the plate; Jessica Allen going 1-2 at the plate.
Pitcher Erin Harden threw a total of 7 innings and had 9 strike outs of the 25 batters faced.
The win would send them to the Regional Championship once again against Southern Wesleyan University who fought through the loser's bracket.
Bottom of the second the Lady Lions scored their first run when Jorden Williams walked and Jessica Allen singled up to middle to move her over. Halle Cheek then singled to left center bringing in Williams; 1-0 Lions. Top of the 7th Southern Wesleyan scored their first off a couple singles.
The game would go into extra innings and because the sound Emmanuel defense, the Lady Lions held off Southern Wesleyan. Bottom of the 8th, Jessica Allen singled and Aubree Thacker went in to pinch-run. With two outs, Freshman Crystal Busbee came in clutch to single to left field to bring in Thacker and the Lady Lions won the NCCAA Regional Tournament 2-0.
Key Contributors Include: RBIs from Crystal Busbee and Halle Cheek; Jessica Allen going 2-3 at the plate.
Pitcher Erin Harden threw 8 innings and had 8 strike outs of the 30 batters she faced.
Congratulations to the Lady Lion Softball team for winning the NCCAA Regional Tournament!
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