Game 1: Evangel 0, William Penn 1 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 6, William Penn 8 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (10-8, 1-5); William Penn (11-11, 2-2)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A pair of late rallies came up short Saturday as the Evangel softball team fell 1-0 and 8-6 to William Penn in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.
Evangel and William Penn locked in a pitchers' duel in game one as Bridget Rippe and William Penn starter, Karlee-Rose Perry each went the distance. Rippe scattered six hits and struck out four, however, she gave up the only run in the game being tabbed with the loss.
Evangel finished with five hits in the game but was unable to score. The Crusaders left five on base in the loss.
Perry struck out nine for the Statemen as she earned the win for William Penn.
Both offenses woke up in the second game as William Penn out-hit Evangel 14-8. However, eight of the 14 hits for William Penn came in the third and fourth innings that saw a pair of home runs help aid in giving the Statesmen the lead.
After William Penn scored three in the third and four more runs in the fourth, Evangel cut into the Statemen lead on an RBI single from Jenna Halbrook to score Hailey Lange. Halbrook finished 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored.
AJ Carpenter also finished with a pair of hits and two RBI as she helped keep the seventh inning rally going for Evangel in the seventh. Halbrook singled and scored on an error before Carpenter drove home Sheppard for the second time in the game to pull the Crusaders within 8-6.
However, the Statemen starter, Katie Springer held off the Crusaders for the win as she tallied nine strikeouts and walked two.
Evangel starter Abby Emmitt went 3.2 innings and struck out five, however she was unable to get out of the fourth inning as Taylor Mathis entered. Mathis and Emma Hill both pitched 1.2 innings of relief and combining for five strikeouts.
Evangel hits the road on Tuesday for a Heart South Division matchup at Benedictine. First pitch from Atchison, Kansas is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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