Walnut Ridge, Ark. (WBC) - The competition for Williams Baptist College has stiffened up, but the 18th ranked Lady Eagles softball team responded by winning four games last week.
Williams opened its American Midwest Conference season on Tuesday, March 6, traveling to St. Louis to play two games against Missouri Baptist University. WBC split the doubleheader.
The Lady Eagles lost the first game in extra innings on a walk off single by MBU. WBC came storming back, however, in the second game and picked up four runs in the top of the fifth that would lead them to a 4-2 victory. It was the first conference win of the season for the two time defending co-champions of the AMC.
WBC traveled to Conway and played four games during a weekend tournament. Behind solid pitching, they won three games and lost one. The competition was strong, as they played one team ranked in the NAIA top 25, and two teams receiving votes in the rankings.
The first game was played against Oklahoma Baptist, which is receiving votes in the top 25. The Lady Eagles shut down OBU's offense and won the game 3-0. Shelby Anderson pitched the complete game shutout, allowing five hits in seven innings. She also struck out three batters.
Next, the Lady Eagles took to the field against 25th ranked Oklahoma Christian. Karisa Hendrix pitched a complete game shutout to lead the team to a 2-0 victory. Hendrix allowed one hit in seven innings, while striking out six batters and allowing no walks. Chelsea Sanders led WBC with two singles and an RBI in three at bats during the game.
Hendrix would be in the pitcher's circle again Saturday morning against Baker College. She continued her strong week by pitching a two hit shutout. She struck out seven batters, while again issuing no walks. The Lady Eagles prevailed 1-0.
WBC fell to Southern Nazarene in the final game of the tournament on Saturday afternoon by the score of 2-0. Southern is currently receiving votes in the national rankings. Jeneva Nelson pitched a complete game shutout for SNU and held the Lady Eagles bats to a mere five hits.
Williams went 4-2 on the week, and their overall record stands at 18-4. They are 1-1 in the AMC. WBC will host Columbia College on Wednesday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. Columbia is ranked 21st in the NAIA. The game will be played at Walnut Ridge.