Softball: Drovers Rise Past Grizzlies In Freshman Pitching Duel

The USAO Drovers (#4) knock off the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies 4-1, after a 3 hour and 50 minute rain delay. The Drovers kicked off the scoring after a solo home run from Randa Hatter, in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Then the Grizzlies would respond quickly with a sac-fly from Tori Robinson that would score Niki Cook, just a inning later. The Drovers finish off the scoring, as Chloe Clifton continues her spree of hits, with a bases clearing double. The Drovers offense hit .333 as a team, as they would hold the Grizzlies to a 0.095 batting average. With the win the Drovers improve to 55-5 on the season, while the Grizzlies fall to 53-5.

The Drovers offense was able to put up 8 hits, as they would be led by Randa Hatter. She would go 2-3 with a single a solo home run (17). Caitlin Hall went 2-3 with a single and a double. Dakota Clouse went 1-3 with a single. Chloe Clifton would go 1-3 with a clutch double, that would knock home 3 baserunners. Karlie Velasco went 1-2 with a single. Emily Cerny went 1-2 with a single.

The Drovers sent the very talented FR. Emily Cerny, as she would dominate, throwing 7 innings and would allow 1 unearned run on just 2 hits. Cerny would finish the night with 7 strikeouts, as she would record a strikeout in every inning but the 6th inning. With this win Cerny moves to a very impressive 31-4 record, and she is 7-1 during the postseason.

The Grizzlies were only able to put 2 hits on the board, as they were led by Niki Cook. She would go 1-3 with a single. Quentin Staton went 1-2 with a single. The Grizzlies would throw FR. Piper Wagner, as she would go 6 innings and would allow 4 runs on 8 hits. Wagner would collect 4 strikeout on the afternoon. Wagner now moves to 19-1 on the season, following this loss to the Drovers.

What’s next:

USAO: The Drovers will be playing against Columbia Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the winner bracket games.

Georgia Gwinnett: With the loss, the move to play in the elimination game against Oklahoma City Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Drovers Head Coach Jadyn Wallis said “The girls played hard today even after the rain delay the girls were focused to finish what we came here to do.”

Drovers Assistant Coach Kayla Adams said “We kept a great mind set throughout the game. Emily pitched well and continues to keep offensive to a minimum. Randa Hatter got us on the board while Caitlin Hall started us again to capitalizes more runs. We have more work to do and the girls are ready for the next game.”

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