Tallahassee, Chipola Split PC Softball Opener

By: TCC Sports Communications
By: TCC Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL -- Behind the pitching of sophomore Ally Ledenham, NJCAA No. 3/FCSAA No. 1 Tallahassee Community College bounced back from a 4-1 loss in game one to defeat No. 11/No. 4 Chipola College 3-0 in game two of Thursday's Panhandle Conference softball doubleheader at the TCC Softball Complex.

Tallahassee (24-6) and Chipola (33-6) are both 1-1 in PC play following the split.

Ledenham was brilliant in game two, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Chipola brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh after an error and a two-out bunt single put runners on first and second, but Ledenham struck out pinch hitter Kristen Allen to end the game, allowing Tallahassee to salvage the split.

Tallahassee got on the board in the first when Kelly Engwall's two-out single scored Amanda Ake. Engwall finished 2-for-3 in game two.

An inning later, Alexis Anderson's sac-fly scored Megan Oster to give Tallahassee a 2-0 lead.

The score remained 2-0 until the fifth when Dallas Towns hit a line drive home run to left field off Chipola starter and loser Michele Hester, who allowed three runs and six hits over five innings of work.

Chandler Seay had two of Chipola's five hits in game two.

The bounce back victory in the nightcap came on the heels of a game one loss that saw Tallahassee go 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, hit into three inning-ending double plays and strand nine base runners.

Engwall's first-inning single scored Ake to give Tallahassee a quick 1-0 lead, and with the bases loaded and only one out, the Eagles were poised for an even bigger inning. But Chipola second baseman Jasmine Tanksley fielded Oster's grounder, tagged out Engwall then threw out Oster at first to end the scoring threat.

Tallahassee loaded the bases with one out again in the second but came up emptyhanded when Ake grounded to shortstop Hayley Parker, who started a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

In the third, Devin Kochergen singled with one out but Chipola again got out of the inning with a twin-killing - this time Parker fielded Engwall's grounder, stepped on the bag at second and threw out Engwall at first.

Tallahassee starter Kristyn Barry took the 1-0 lead into the fifth before running into trouble.

Chipola started the inning with three successful bunt attempts then scored the tying run on a bases-loaded walk to Parker. Mya Anderson's sac-fly to center scored Seay with what proved to be the winning run.

The Indians added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to give starter and winner Eva Voortsman a 4-1 lead.

Despite the loss, Barry struck out ten for Tallahassee.

Tallahassee hosts Pensacola State College on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on TCC Eagles LIVE powered by iHigh at www.TCCeagles.com.

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