FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The Converse (3-49, 1-19 CC) softball team closed out the 2018 regular season losing to Emmanuel (21-25) in a pair of games on Sunday afternoon. The Valkyries were blanked in game one, falling 4-0 before dropping the nightcap 9-1.
GAME ONE: CONVERSE 0, EMMANUEL 4
Converse looked as if it would take the early lead in the top of the first inning after loading the bases with two outs. Marissa Steadman drew a one-out walk and moved to second following Allison Plafcan's hit-by-pitch. A flyout proceeded by another base on balls put a Valkyrie at every base. However, a strikeout ended the threat.
The Valkyries were presented another opportunity in the top of the third, this time loading the bases with one out, but once again could not push across the game's first run. That missed chance proved costly in the home half of the third as Emmanuel posted two runs to take the lead. The Lions picked up RBI doubles from Noelle Petty and Cassie Mayfield during the at-bat.
Sydney Drive drove home Emmanuel's third run in the bottom of the fourth with a single up the middle and Morgan Frank added a solo home run in the sixth to stake the home team to a 4-0 lead. CC's offensive struggles continued as it left the bases juiced in the fifth and went quietly in the final two innings, dropping game one by the final of 4-0.
GAME TWO: CONVERSE 1, EMMANUEL 9 (5 INNINGS)
Unlike game one, Emmanuel wasted no time putting runs on the board, scratching across three in the second inning with the big blow coming off a 2-RBI triple from Cassie Mayfield. Mayfield also scored a run in the frame after touching the plate following a wild pitch.
Converse was able to get one of those runs back in the top of the third. After the first two batters were retired in order, Steadman laced a single to left field before stealing second. That set up Plafcan's RBI single to right center, cutting the deficit to 3-1 after two and half innings of play.
After a scoreless bottom of the third and top of the fourth, Emmanuel blew the game open with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and closed the game out with a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth, exercising the mercy run with a 9-1 victory in game two.