Softball drops doubleheader against Chipola
3/22/2012 – Raiders fall to Chipola in first game of doubleheader
By PAT FLYNN 315-4476 | @PatFnwfdn email@example.com
NICEVILLE — The sixth-ranked (FCSAA) Northwest Florida State College softball team gave up 11 runs over the final two innings in a 13-6 loss to Chipola in its Panhandle Conference home opener Wednesday.
After splitting their first conference series with Gulf Coast State 1-1, the Raiders fell in the first game of their doubleheader with the fifth-ranked (FCSAA) Indians.
The Indians took full advantage of each of NWF State pitcher Michelle Phelps' mistakes in the circle, tallying five runs in the sixth inning and six more in the seventh to get the win. Phelps pitched the entire game and surrendered 15 hits while striking out six.
Chipola's fiverun sixth started with back-to-back singles by Lindsey Hamlin and Jasmine Tanksley before Ebony Wright ripped an RBIn double to deep center field, tying it at 3-3. Stephanie Garrels then drove in Tanksley on a fielder's choice to push the Indians in front, 4-3. Haley Parker added a two-run double and things only worsened from there for the Raiders.
NWF State (28-8, 1-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Gwen Jones singled and was driven in by Ashlyn Masters on an RBI double. Shelby Knox hit an RBI single to score Masters from second and ended up scoring herself on a wild pitch.
Chipola (34-6, 2-1) cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth.
NWF State recorded just eight hits in the contest and was led by Jones, who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Masters was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Niceville product Shannon Brinkley added an RBI-single and scored a run and Knox drove in a run and scored a run.
Hamlin led Chipola, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Haley Parker added a three-run home run for the Indians in the sixth and finished 3-for-5 in the contest.
The Raiders left eight runners on base in the first five innings.
NWF State hosts Pensacola State in a doubleheader Saturday.