Scots celebrate senior day; Piedmont takes game two despite Ballard's homer

Scots celebrate senior day; Piedmont takes game two despite Ballard's homer

Maryville College softball celebrated Senior Day for their six seniors on Saturday afternoon, as Piedmont College took the second game of the series, 5-3.

The Scots celebrated the careers Morgan Corland, Sarah Gordon, Casey Joliff, Alexus Murray, Gabrielle Rathmell and Christen Torres in their final regular season game of the year.

The six softball standouts have led the program to back-to-back USA South Regular Season titles, the program's first USA South Athletic Conference Tournament title and only the third NCAA Tournament trip.

"This senior class is so special to me and to this program," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "They set the foundation and the standard of what it looks like, to play like and be a Scots softball player. Every day, they brought their best effort to the field, and off the field, they went above and beyond for Maryville College."

The seniors led the Scots to a 101-59 record, while winning 64 percent of all challenges. They claimed a 51-19 mark in conference challenges, as they established a new school record of 31 wins. The squad also claimed runners-up in the Atlanta Regional Tournament.

During Saturday's game, MC was led by Reid Ballard. The junior went 3-for-3 on the day with a run and an RBI. She tallied her for Orange and Garnet home run, while lacking just a triple from hitting the cycle on the afternoon.

Piedmont College took advantage of a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning. Rebekah Stegmayer walked, advancing to second on a long flyout to right. A passed ball pushed her to third, before the speedy center fielder scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Lion lead.

The game went scoreless until the Scots tied it with one swing in the bottom of the fourth. Ballard launched solo home run over the 220 sign in center field. Her first Maryville College homer tied the game at 1-all.

The Scots took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Corland reached on a wild pitch, as Rathmell's fielder's choice left a runner at first. Rathmell took second on a wild pitch, before Ashton Hayden singled to short. Murray scored Rathmell with a single to left-center, as Hayden would score on a wild pitch two tosses later for a 3-1 advantage going to the sixth.

Piedmont took a one-run lead with a three-run top of the sixth. An error and a pair of singles loaded the bases, as Christen Torres stopped a run with a force at home. Katlyn Andrin used a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kaylee White from third. Pinch hitter Rachel Oberholtz gave the Lions the lead, 4-3, lacing a two-RBI single to left. Haley McCurry and Maddy Holloway scored on the play.

Hannah Hoban added to Piedmont's lead in the top of the seventh. The first baseman launched her second homer of the series – this one to left – giving the Lions a 5-3 lead.

Maryville brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Piedmont's Madison Whiteside came in to earn the save.

Maryville College (23-9, 15-1 USA South) was led by Ballard's 3-for-3 effort, as Hayden went 2-for-3 with a run. Murray recorded a 1-for-3 day with an RBI, as Rathmell added a run for the Scots.

Joliff went 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit, one earned run and a pair of walks. The senior tallied a strikeout. Corland – also a senior – went 3.1 innings, striking out three. She gave up four hits, two walks and only one earned run.

Piedmont College (26-7, 14-2) was led by Oberholtzer who went 1-for-1 with two RBI. Hoban was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, adding in a home run.

The Scots will look next to the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament. Tourney opponents and times will be announced this week.