HENDERSON, Tenn. – The Park University softball team wrapped up their season at the 2017 American Midwest Conference Championship in Henderson, Tennessee. The Pirates faced No. 24 ranked Williams Baptist College in the elimination game. The Pirates (22-19) fell to the Eagles (32-10) 4-0 in the game.
The first five innings was a pitching duel between Scotlin Hurley and Laura Helmich. In the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles' Brooke Manson hit a sacrifice bunt to reach first on a fielder's choice and Madelyn Poe was able to score. Ashley Lyons came up to bat for Williams Baptist, hitting a single to right-field to knock in Bre'Anna Warren. The Eagles led the Pirates 2-0, after Lyons' single. The Eagles' Karoline Thomas hit a double to deep right-center field to bat in Alex Travis and Jessica Dobbins. Heading into the bottom of the inning, Williams Baptist led Park 4-0.
Hurley was in the circle for Park's defense, pitching 5.2 innings, striking out three batters, giving up four hits and four earned runs. Shelby Bendure came in to relieve Hurley from the circle, pitching 1.1 innings, striking out one batter and giving up one hit. Hurley got the loss in the circle for the Pirates' defense. Helmich was in the circle for Williams Baptist's defense, pitching 4.2 innings, striking out six batters and giving up three hits. Her teammate, Cat Totty, came in to relieve her from the circle, striking out one batter, giving up two hits and getting the win in the circle.
Helmich had two hits for the Eagles' offense, while four of her teammates all had one hit each. Thomas had two RBI's, while her teammates, Mason and Lyons, both had one RBI each. The Eagles' defense had a total of 21 putouts and eight assists in the game.
Katie Carr, Bendure, Hailey Costello and Justice Scales each had one hit each for Park's offense in the game. Carr had seven putouts on defense, while her teammates, Sarah Rothe and Costello, both had four putouts each in the game. Hurley had five assists on defense, while her teammates, Costello, Brooke Kunkel and Mallory Land, each had two assists in the game.