Lady Warhawks put end to losing streak
Published 2:06 pm Monday, March 20, 2006
By By BRUCE HIXON – Sports Editor
Streaks of 30 innings without a run and five games without a win came to an end for the Jefferson Davis Community College Lady Warhawks softball team when they swept a doubleheader from visiting Danville (Ill.) Area College Wednesday by scores of 3-2 in the opener and 7-6 in the nightcap.
JDCC's scoreless drought came to an end in the bottom of the first inning in game one after Danville plated both of its runs in the top half of the frame. Lakyn Newton delivered an RBI single to cut Danville's lead in half.
The Lady Warhawks (8-15) tied and then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second when Makeyia Burt and Tanna Fontes each hit RBI singles.
Nikki Madden picked up the win, as she allowed six hits and struck out three. Madden allowed three hits in the first inning when Danville scored both of its runs and then just three more the rest of the way.
JDCC fell behind three times in game two before it pulled the game out in extra innings.
The last of those deficits was a 6-5 margin that was erased in the bottom of the sixth when Newton tied the game with an RBI double.
It stayed deadlocked until the bottom of the eighth. Under the college tiebreaker rule, Kayla Galloway was placed on second base to start the inning. A wild pitch got her over to third base. Jessica Cunningham hit a shot that the shortstop picked up, but Galloway beat the throw to the plate for the winning run.
Burt, Fontes and Newton all had two hits to lead JDCC's offensive attack and Madden overcame 10 Danville hits to pick up her second win of the day.
JDCC dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Central Alabama Tuesday with a 20-0, five-inning loss in game one and a 9-0 setback in game two.
The Lady Warhawks' fourth straight shutout loss in game one was also their fourth straight game with only three hits, as Madden, Galloway and Burt all had one.
Central Alabama lashed out 18 hits, three of were homeruns.
Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Central Alabama broke up the shutout with a three-run uprising. The Lady Trojans added six more runs over its final two trips to the plate to pull away.
JDCC's bats began to wake up somewhat, as it came up with six hits. Three of those came from Simmons, one of which was a double. Newton, Stacy Sanders and Fontes all had one.
Tuesday's game one
JDCC 000 00 – 0 3 6
C. Alabama 5(11)3 1X – 20 18 1
JDCC 000 000 – 0 6 3
C. Alabama 000 324 – 9 11 1
Wednesday's game one
Danville 200 000 0 – 2 6 0
JDCC 120 000 X – 3 7 0
Danville 200 301 00 – 6 10 1
JDCC 310 011 01 – 7 10 3