Eagles open season by sweeping Lakehawks

Teammates congratulate Erica Morrissey (center) after she slammed a home run to center field. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Teammates congratulate Erica Morrissey (center) after she slammed a home run to center field. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State started its softball season by taking two games from Lake-Sumter State College tonight in Winter Haven. 

In the first game, the Eagles exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a five-inning 10-1 run-rule victory. 

Riley Caylor (1-0) got the complete-game victory. She allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out one. 

On offense, Erica Morrissey led the Eagles, going two-for-three with a home run and three RBI. 

Harlee Rimes also went two-for-three. She doubled twice and drove in three runs. 

Autumn Terwilliger (one-for-two) had two RBI. 

Kassidy Kennard had a double and an RBI in three trips to the plate. 

Amber Butler (one-for-two) drove in a run. 

Meghan Lindell added two hits while Kacie Booth had one. 

In game two, the Eagles had just enough offense, winning 3-2 in seven innings. 

Lake-Sumter took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when the Lakehawks scored a run on an infield hit, a stolen base, an error, and a fielder's choice. 

The two teams then traded scoreless inning until the bottom of the fourth, when Kacie Booth put the Eagles ahead 2-1 when she doubled home two runs. 

Lake-Sumter came right back in the top of the fifth to tie the game 2-2 on a double, a sacrifice fly, and a fielder's choice. 

The Eagles responded in their half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Shelisa Oliver led off with an infield hit, stole second, and took third when the throw from the catcher went into the outfield. Amber Butler then hit a sacrifice fly, bringing home Oliver with the winning run. 

Danielle Gizoski (1-0) got the win, pitching five innings and recording five strikeouts. Lauren West worked the final two innings for the save. 

"I'm really pleased with the way we played tonight," said Head Coach Jeff Ellis.

"Our pitching in both games was outstanding. In the first game we swung the bats great right from the get-go, putting up six runs in the first inning. 

"The second game, their pitcher was a little better, and we hit some balls hard right at people, but we came up with big hits when we needed to." 

The Eagles (2-0) travel to Clearwater tomorrow for the Leadoff Classic. They face Northwest Florida State College at 11 a.m. and Richard Bland College at 3:20 p.m. 

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