By Todd Purvis/Sports editor
The Colonel Softball team traveled to Kissimmee, Fla., to play in the Rebel Games, where they got off to a slow start by dropping their first two games of the tournament but then bounced back and won eight straight to finish off the tournament with a record of 8-2.”We lost our first two games, so to be able to bounce back the rest of the week was huge,” coach Jane Worthington said.
Eastern’s last victory came over Sacred Heart by a score of 8-0 Friday.
“I think that was probably the best game that we have played all year, both offensively, defensively, and our pitcher did an outstanding game,” Worthington said.
The Colonels were led by freshman pitcher Kindal Kincaid, who sat down the first nine batters she faced.
In the bottom of the third, Eastern then put their first run on the board when Kelli Bromley picked up a one-out single, then advanced to second as Jennifer Norris followed her up with a single to put runners at first and second. Adriel Foxley then picked up a walk to leave the bases loaded for Ashley Totten. Totten picked up the sacrifice fly to right field, which brought Bromley to the plate for the first run of the game and gave the Colonels the early 1-0 lead.
Eastern then tallied another run in the fourth as Barreras picked up an RBI on a groundout to second when Amy Mayrhofer crossed the plate after she led the inning off with a walk.
Kincaid had remained perfect throughout the game until she gave up a single in the sixth to Tiffanie Cross-Monzo, but that was the only hit that she allowed Sacred Heart to pick up in the game. The Colonel defense then retired the side and exploded in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
Mayrhofer opened the inning with a triple, then scored when Alysha Jones doubled. Jen Christiansen then singled, which put runners at the corners. Barreras kept the rally alive with a single that scored Jones and moved Christiansen to second and gave Eastern the 4-0 lead.
Bromley then singled the fifth consecutive hit for Eastern, which moved Christiansen to third and Barreras to second. Foxley then singled which scored Christiansen and brought Totten to the plate, where she doubled and picked up two RBI’s and gave the Colonels the 7-0 lead.
Eastern then scored its final run of the contest when Anderson brought Totten to the plate, who hit into a fielder’s choice and gave the Colonels the 8-0 victory.
The Colonels were led by Bromley and Jones who both picked up three hits each, while Christiansen picked two hits in the contest.
“Bromley and Jones did a good job,” Worthington said. “It was a real team effort this weekend.”
Kincaid pitched six scoreless innings of work in which she allowed one hit and struck out five batters. Her performance in the Rebel Games last week earned her the honors of being named the OVC Softball Pitcher of the Week.
“Kindal had a very good game, she’s been really good all year. She’s not a pitcher that is overpowering, but she figures out a way to get it done,” Worthington said. “She has pinpoint control and her ball moves so much that nobody can really tee-off on her or hit her solid, and we have a good defense behind her that can pick it up and throw people out.”
Also leading the way for the Colonels was Barreras, who was one-for-three in the contest, but played well throughout the tournament, according to Worthington.
“Barreras had a couple of really good games,” Worthington said. “She has a tendency to get on base and then she is at third before anyone even notices, between stealing bases or just from smart, heads-up base running, and that sets the tone, and everyone else seems to jump on board.”
Prior to this game, Eastern had picked up seven straight wins before losing two to George Mason and Providence.
The Colonels’ solid play in the Rebel Games boosted their overall record to 14-6 on the season.
Eastern returns to action this Saturday when they will travel to Louisville to take on Toledo at 11 a.m.