Andale/Garden Plain splits with Augusta in battle of unbeatens
With both teams entering play 14-0, Monday afternoon's game between Augusta and Andale/Garden Plain was destined to be a good one. And both starting pitchers were at their best, allowing a combined five hits over 7 innings. But it was the Andale's Abby Gordon that came through with the big hit in the second inning to push the Indians past the Orioles and stay perfect.
Leading off the second inning, Gordon took the Gracie Johnston pitch deep to left field, clearing the fence to give Andale the 1-0 lead that they would never give up in the win.
That was one of just three hits surrendered by the Missouri State signee on the afternoon. The second hit, a Kyle Eck triple, resulted in Andale/GP's second run following a passed ball.
On the other side, Rachel Choate out-dueled Johnston, tossing a two-hit shutout and striking out seven over seven innings.
The play of the day came in the third when Macie Eck made a leaping grab in center to keep the shutout in tact, robbing Bailey Pennycuff of a deep base hit that would have tied the game at 1.
In game two, Augusta returned the favor, with Johnston throwing a shutout of her own in handing Andale/GP their first loss of the year, 5-0.
The Orioles struck early, scoring on an error in the first inning to take the quick 1-0 lead. Then in the third, Morgan Pennycuff added some insurance, taking the Alyssa Mude pitch over the wall for a two-run homer to get the score to 3-0.
Then on the mound, Johnston had no issues, allowing just four hits and striking out 15 in tossing her second complete game of the day.