May 29, 2013

Reinhardt, Monroe out at NAIA softball championship in Columbus

From Staff Reports

— Former Dalton High School softball player Maddie Monroe’s time at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship tournament — and her college softball career — came to an end Tuesday as Reinhardt University lost 4-0 to Williams Baptist College in an elimination game at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.

Reinhardt (45-9), the tournament’s No. 8 seed, had bounced back from its one-run loss to top-seeded Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) on Saturday by picking up a one-run, extra-inning win against Alabama’s Auburn Mont-gomery on Monday.

But the Lady Eagles were held to four hits and couldn’t capitalize on the scoring chances they did have against Williams Baptist, which took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and added its other runs in the third inning.

Monroe, who spent part of her first three high school softball seasons at Dalton before transferring to Calhoun as a junior, took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work, striking out three and walking none, before giving way to Kelsey Floyd.

Monroe, a four-time Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, finished her senior season with a 28-3 mark.

Sixth-seeded Williams Baptist (46-8), in Walnut Ridge, Ark., is among the final four teams remaining in the tournament and moves on to play Texas’ Lubbock Christian in today’s losers’ bracket semifinal in the double-elimination tournament, which started Friday with 10 teams.

Concordia Irvine (51-3) beat 10th-seeded Spring Hill College (47-16) of Mobile, Ala., 1-0 in Wednesday’s championship bracket final to earn a spot in Thursday’s championship. Spring Hill will play the winner of today’s Williams Baptist-Lubbock Christian matchup in the losers’ bracket final.