Diamond 'Cats knighted by Northwood
Progress made against RRAC powerhouse
Coach Grant lauds pitching of Davis, Johnson
CEDAR HILL, Texas -- The women’s softball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University dropped a pair of games at nationally ranked Northwood University on Tuesday afternoon, though they continue to earn their stripes.
The Lady Lions, now 4-8 overall in their first season of play, fell to the Knights in a Tuesday matinee, 12-4 and 13-1. Northwood, who went 37-13 last spring, is off to a 3-1 start this year.
Coach Tim Grant’s young Lions continue to gain experience while taking on established programs. They are 3-6 in action against the Red River Athletic Conference.
“We hit the ball much better today,” he said following the doubleheader. “I was also very pleased with the way we pitched. Both of our starters did well. We had some breakdowns on defense that really cost us, but our effort on the mound was solid.”
He spoke of the effort of both Shannen Davis (Kremlin, Okla / Kremlin-Hillsdale HS) and Lauren Johnson (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS).
Southwestern has struggled to bunch their hits together during the early weeks of play this inaugural season. Against Northwood, however, they had several productive rallies.
Kasey Poovey (Nevada, Tx / Community HS) crushed a fastball deep to lead off the fourth inning in the opener, narrowly missing a homer. The ball hit the rightfield wall on the fly as the freshman trotted into second with a double.
She was advanced to third by Kelsea Svochak (Ft. Worth, Tx / Bethesda HS), then tagged and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Davis.
SAGU resumed their aggressive attack in the fifth.
Iliana Jimenez (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS) started things off by ripping a double. She was driven in on a bunt single by Theresa Ballard (Austin, Tx / Homeschool). Ballard got into scoring position by swiping second and raced home when Kyla Burke (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) lined an RBI single.
After Burke stole a base, SAGU cashed in another run on a single up the middle by Poovey.
The Lady Lions collected eight hits, led by Poovey and Svochak, who each had a pair. Albreshia Lawrence (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS), Ballard, Burke and Johnson had one base hit.
SAGU found success a bit tougher to come by in the nightcap. Their lone tally came in the third frame.
Burke laced a single and was in position to score after a theft of second. She moved up a base when Chelsey Doyle’s (Seattle, Wash / Shorecrest HS) hot smash down the line ate-up the third baseman. Burke scored on a run batted in from Poovey.
Following spring break, Southwestern returns to action with a long road trip. They travel 415 miles to Hobbs, New Mexico for a three-game conference series against the University of the Southwest on March 23-24. The Lady Mustangs are 10-10 so far this season.
SAGU’s much anticipated home debut is slated for March 26-27 when they play their first games on the new campus field against Texas Wesleyan University.
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