Eagles beat Chipola for third win in state tournament

The Eagles celebrate on the field today after defeating Chipola College 6-4 in state tournament action.
The Eagles celebrate on the field today after defeating Chipola College 6-4 in state tournament action.

Haleigh Corbally got a two-out strikeout in the bottom of the seventh inning today, leaving the potential tying runs at second and third and giving Polk State a 6-4 win over Chipola College.

Today's win in the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Tournament leaves the Eagles one victory away from a trip to the NJCAA Division I National Championship May 14-17 in St. George, Utah.

As the visiting team, Polk State started the game by scoring three runs in the top of the first. With the bases loaded, Kaitlyn Warren scored on a wild pitch. Erica Morrissey walked to reload the bases for Kayla Montgomery, who brought home another run with an infield single. Kara Seymour then walked with the bases loaded, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead. 

Chipola came right back in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on a two-out bases loaded single. The Indians threatened to add more runs, but starting pitcher Kayla Montgomery got a called strike three to retire the side.

Chipola scored again in the bottom of the second when, with two outs and runners at first and second, a single cut Polk State's lead to 3-2. An infield hit loaded the bases, but Montgomery got a fly ball to left field to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth the Eagles added a run on Warren's RBI double.

Chipola responded in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, cutting the lead to 4-3. 

Corbally started the bottom of the fifth in relief of Montgomery, and the Indians got runners to second and third but failed to score.

In the top of the sixth, however, Chipola hit another solo home run to tie the game at 4-4.

In the top of the seventh, Stephanie Koutsoumbaris reached base on a one-out double and moved to third on Maggie Roberts's sacrifice fly. With two out and Morrissey at the plate, Koutsoumbaris raced home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run. Morrissey then worked the count to 3-2 before blasting a pitch over the left field fence, giving the Eagles a 6-4 lead.

Chipola threatened in the bottom of the inning before Corbally got the final out for the victory, improving her record to 17-4. In three innings of relief she gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out four.

Morrissey finished the day 3-for-3. Warren went 2-for-4, while Seymour (1-for-2) had an RBI. 

The Eagles play Monday at 10 a.m. Central Time. 

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