CARROLLTON, Ga. – A roller coaster, marathon of a game did not end in the way of the Wolves on Friday night as the UWG softball team fell 9-8 to Mississippi College in 12 innings in the series opener at University Softball Field.
It was the first extra-inning game of the year for the Wolves, and was one for the ages as there were ups and downs for both teams, but in the end, Mississippi College prevailed.
Lexi Close started for the Wolves and got early run support as the Wolves got two runs in the first and three runs in the second to build an early five-run lead for their freshman pitcher.
Sierra Stella reached on an error to start the game, and came around to score on an RBI single by Lexie Stohr, who then scored on a Sydney Smith RBI single.
In the third, it was Stella who drove in a run, and later coming around to score on another Lexie Stohr single, this time driving in a pair, making it a 5-0 game.
Close was dealing as she took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before surrendering a single. It was the sixth inning for close, however, where the Choctaws started timing her up and hitting her hard as she gave up three singles and a walk in the frame. Raya Moncus then came on in relief and was shaky at the start, allowing three hits in the inning. In total, MC got eight runs on six hits to take the lead, giving UWG six outs to make up the deficit.
The Wolves were then down, but not out as they fought back in the seventh. Down to their last strike, the Wolves got an RBI double from Lexi Close scoring Peyton Stallworth to cut the deficit to two. Madison Chambers then hit a pinch hit, two-run home run to tie the game at 8-8, giving Chambers her first hit and home run of the season.
West Georgia would get runners on in the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings, but could not score, sending the game to the 11th and thus bringing on the international tiebreak rule.
Danielle Easterly got the Wolves through the 11th unscathed, setting up the Wolves with a chance to win the game in the bottom half. With a runner on second, Stallworth singled as she was laying down a bunt, moving the runner to third. After Sydney Smith’s ground ball to third, MC cut down the lead runner at the plate, setting up runners at the corners with one out.
Smith then stole second and put two in scoring position with one out. Lexi Close then ripped a line drive that was snagged by the MC shortstop on a diving effort who then flipped to second for the double play.
The Choctaws scored the game-winning run in the 12 as UWG was unable to answer in the bottom half, dropping a 12-inning heartbreaker.
Both Stella and Stallworth had three hits on the day, while Stohr had two hits with the trip of RBI. Lexi Close also finished the game with two hits.
The loss drops the Wolves to 8-5 on the year, with a 1-3 record in GSC play.
The series concludes with a doubleheader tomorrow at University Softball Field with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.