The Southern Union softball team continued its rapid compilation of victories to start the season as they won four of five games in Dothan last weekend to raise their record to 8-1.
Kenzie Bayer went 9-for-16 in those five games with five doubles, a triple and nine RBI. She now sits atop the Alabama Community College Conference RBI leader board with 18 on the season. The next closest player in the conference has 14. And her three home runs for the year are also a conference best.
Not to be outdone, A.J. Broome also continued to swing a hot bat in Dothan as she too went 9-for-16 at the plate and is now hitting .633 for the year.
Savannah Sands continued to establish herself as the team’s ace in the circle as she pitched a complete-game victory in the weekend’s final game, a 6-2 win over LSU-Eunice.
Sands is now 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in four appearances on the season.
Here are some of the highlights from the weekend:
SU 8, Meridian 3
Southern Union got a double and three RBI from former Handley Tiger Haylee Stokley, and A.J. Broome went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI as SU opened its stay in Dothan with an 8-2 win over Meridian Community College Friday.
Jacey Akin and Katlyn Jaye added two hits apiece for the Lady Bison.
Kali Barbour picked up her first win of the season with a complete-game effort in which she allowed two earned runs on seven hits and four walks.
SU 20, Andrew 2
The Lady Bison then erupted for a 20-2 win over Andrew in their second game Friday. SU scored at least once in every inning of the five-inning contest. They stroked 13 hits and capitalized on six Andrew errors to post that 20-spot.
Jordan Cousins and Kenzie Bayer each went 2-for-2 with three RBI, while Stokley and Kelsey Farmer added two hits apiece.
Former Wadley Lady Bulldog Tori Brown went the distance in the circle and got the win. She allowed six hits and two earned runs in five innings of work.
SU 14, Ga. Military 5
A 10-run second inning was the difference for the Lady Bison in their final Friday contest in Dothan as they knocked off Georgia Military College 14-5.
Broome, Bayer and Jaye each had three hits for SU, and Haley Lyner went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Ansley Ogletree also had two hits and scored three runs for the Lady Bison.
Ansley Glover earned the win in the circle as she limited Georgia Military to four runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
Chattanooga State 13, SU 6
Southern Union took its first loss of the season Saturday in a 13-6 decision at the hands of Chattanooga State Community College.
Maddie Morton and Kail Barbour combined to give up 13 runs, all earned, on 15 hits.
Lyner was a bright spot at the plate as she went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Those three hits accounted for half of SU’s hit total in the game, however.
SU 6, LSU-Eunice 2
The Lady Bison finished the tournament on high note with a 6-2 win over LSU-Eunice Saturday behind the solid pitching of Savannah Sands.
Broome and Bayer once again set the pace offensively. Broome went 4-for-4 with an RBI, and Bayer was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Lyner also drove home two runs with a 1-for-4 performance.
The Lady Bison are scheduled to play five games Friday and Saturday in the Sun Chief Classic in Gulf Shores. Their first home game is scheduled for next Tuesday the 18th against Gordon State.
Southern Union fell to 9-14 overall and 1-9 in conference play with losses to Marion Military Saturday and Snead State Monday.
Mayo Tyler had 20 points and 10 rebounds for SU in the 75-56 loss to Marion.
The Bison had four players in double figures in the 82-72 defeat against Snead State, led by Lance Smith’s 23-point, 10-rebound showing.
Point guard Tommy Carter recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebound and 10 assists, while Joshua Guilford (13 points) and Jeremiah Smith (10 points) also contributed offensively.
The Bison will host Bevill State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Elexus Bell went off for 30 points and 17 rebounds, and the Southern Union Lady Bison picked up their third conference win of the season with a 72-65 victory Monday against Snead State.
Tierra Williams added 21 points for SU, which improved its record to 12-11 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
The Lady Bison will play at Huntingdon College Thursday at 7:30 p.m.