Eagles Split with Bears
Asbury would later have to forfeit game one of the doubleheader after the use of ineligible players.
WILMORE, Ky. – A 7th inning rally gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory in game one before falling in game two 12-3 to Pikeville on Thursday evening. Asbury scored all three of their runs in the 7th as the game ended on Miranda Drury’s bases loaded fielders choice.
Asbury (16-23) scored their first run off a sacrifice bunt and throwing error allowing Ashleigh West to score from second. Mary Ann Warford followed two batters later with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game. An intentional walk to Julie Jarboe to load the bases set the stage for Drury. The senior hit a chopper to short and Amber Taylor just beat the throw home to score the winning run.
The Eagles had a runner in scoring position three times before the seventh inning, all three times leaving the runner stranded. In the second Emily Ethington doubled with two-outs and was left there and in the third Warford tripled with two outs. Both Warford and Ethington collected two hits in the game. Julie Jarboe was also stranded at third in the sixth inning.
Kelsey Robinson picked up the win to improve to 8-10 on the season after a complete game effort. The junior allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out four. None of the runs she allowed were earned after an error to lead off the second inning. Kayla Morgan took the loss for Pikeville (16-30) and falls to 7-14 on the season.
In game two the Eagles defense again led to four runs in the first. Two of the runs were unearned after an error by second basemen Brittany Hogg prolonged the inning. The Bears did collect three hits in the game.
In the third inning Warford led off with a bunt single followed by a double off the bat of Julie Jarboe. After a pop out, Maris Harreld blasted a home run to left-center to bring the deficit to 4-3. From there it appeared that the Eagles were going to be able to hang around and maybe come up with some late-inning magic again. But a six run 5th for the Bears pushed the margin to seven and two more runs in the sixth ended the game.
Warford collected three more hits as Harreld had two of her own. Warford and Jarboe both carry 16-game hitting streaks into Friday’s games at Alice Lloyd. Those games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Asbury beat Alice Lloyd at home back in March 11-1 and 15-0.