Maryville, TN- The softball team began their 2017 season today as they played in the Maryville College Invitational consisting of two opponents, the Centre College Colonels and future USA South Athletic Conference opponent the Maryville College Scots. The team begins the season with new head coach Chris Petroski, who began his Mountaineers coaching career as an assisant coach last season and assisant coach Tonya Denny.
Their first game came against the Colonels with Berea serving as the home team for the contest. Centre scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead as the Mountaineers came to the plate. After the first batter flew out to left field, Riley Lanham got on base with her single to center field. Berea could not cut into the lead though as Lanham was left on base as the next two batters recorded outs. The pitching from Centre seemed to hold the Mountaineers in check as the team could not mount any sort of offense throughout the game. Centre went on to win the game 11-0. Lanham led the way at the plate for Berea going 1-2.
The second game of the day came against the host Maryville College. A three run first inning by the host Scots meant the Mountaineers went into their half of the inning trailing 3-0. Berea was unable to make any dents into the Maryville lead as the batters for the Mountaineers recorded outs to end the inning. Still trailing by three in the bottom of the second, with two outs in the inning, Abby Nash hit a single to right field to get on base but was not able to advance any further because the third out came from the next batter. Lanham singled to begin the bottom of the fourth inning with the score remaining 3-0 in favor of the Scots. Berea was unable to add a run to the board as Lanham was put out at second on a fielder's choice and the following Mountaineers' batters recorded outs.
Nash began the bottom of the fifth inning with her second single of the game. A single by Chelsey Parsons moved Nash to second base before moving to third on Lillian Setter's walk. With the bases loaded, Nash put the first run on the board for Berea when Lanham was hit by a pitch, making the score 7-1 in favor of Maryville College. The next batter for the Mountaineers grounded out as the team fell to the Scots in six inning, 9-1.
Nash finished 2-2 from the plate to go along with one walk. Parsons and Lanham each had a hit in the game, while Lanham finished the game with a RBI.
Berea (0-2) will be back on the diamond tomorrow in the second day of the Maryville College Invitational. Their first game will be against Centre College at 10:00 AM with their final game against Maryville College slated to begin at 2:00 PM. Live stats for the Maryville College matchup can be seen here.