Scots Hosting Play-In Game

Scots Hosting Play-In Game

Maryville Finishes in Tie for Third Place

Photos by Wallace Bowden

MARYVILLE – Maryville's home softball schedule is not done just yet.

The Scots tied for the third in the USA South's West Division but will be the No. 4 seed for the upcoming conference tournament. That means Maryville is hosting Wesleyan in the Play-In-Game, with the winner advancing to Bracket 1 at East Division champion Pfeiffer.

The Play-In Game is scheduled for Tuesday at a time to be determined.

Maryville dropped into the third-place tie after losing twice to second-place Huntingdon on Saturday. The Hawks swept the doubleheader 5-2 and 11-3. The same two teams meet again Sunday at the MC Softball Complex in a nonconference twin bill.

The Scots broke out in front in Game 1 with two runs in the first inning. Micayla Clark's dribbler found its way to right field and plated Jenica Brown and Kaitlin Woodruff for a 2-0 lead.

But that was it for the Maryville offense in the opener. Katelyn Holcombe shut the door on the Scots and allowed just three hits the rest of the way. Holcombe struck out six for her 10th victory of the season.

Clark was 2-for-2 with the two-run single and Amaya Goodloe was 2-for-3. Woodruff had the only other hit with a single in the first inning.

In Game 2, Huntingdon settled things early with a six-run top of the first. The Hawks knocked Maryville starter Kennedy Henry out of the game when ninth-place hitter Bailey Murphy belted a three-run double to the base of the right field fence for a 6-0 Hawks lead.

Maryville scratched across two runs in the second on a fielding error and Brown's RBI-single. In the third, Brecca Williams beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to conclude the Scot scoring.

Goodloe Still on Fire

Clark had two more hits to finish 4-for-6 in the doubleheader. Sara Koonce was 2-for-3 in Game 2 and Emily Hill 2-for-4. Goodloe managed 1-for-3 to complete her day 3-for-6 and lift her team-leading batting average to .447. That's good for fourth in the USA South.

Goodloe is being celebrated Sunday on Senior Day, which takes place between games of the 11 a.m. doubleheader. In addition to batting average, Goodloe also ranks among the conference top 10 in runs (29) and stolen bases (19). In 16 conference games, the senior right fielder is batting .571 (24-for-42).

Macee Shults in relief in Game 2 made her first appearance since March 26 and posted her longest outing of the season. She went the final 6 and 1/3 innings and scattered five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts against just two walks. She did not factor in the decision.

Maryville and Huntingdon play again Sunday at 11 a.m. in a nonconference doubleheader. Maryville is at 19-17 overall after finishing 10-6 in the USA South, while Huntingdon stands at 26-8 and 13-3.