Eagles split with Lakehawks in home opener

Head Coach Donna Byars congratulates Alexis McBride as she rounds third base after hitting a home run against Lake-Sumter. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Head Coach Donna Byars congratulates Alexis McBride as she rounds third base after hitting a home run against Lake-Sumter. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

In a battle of the birds, the Polk State Eagles and Lake-Sumter State College Lakehawks split a pair of games last night in Polk State's home opener at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven. 

In the first game, the Lakehawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and won 5-2. 

Lake-Sumter pitchers held the Eagles to two hits. Alexis McBride hit a solo home run and Victoria Perry doubled. Lauren Estrada walked and scored on Perry's double. 

Starting pitcher Sarah Grindrod struggled with her control, allowing seven walks in four innings, and took the loss.  

Reliever Alayna Carranco held the Lakehawks to two hits and a run in three innings. 

While the teams combined for just six hits in game one, they came out swinging in game two, collecting 20 hits in an 8-7 win for the Eagles. 

Once again Lake-Sumter took an early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. 

But Polk State answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the second. 

The Lakehawks, however, plated a run in the fourth and added four more in the fifth to tie it at 7. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Kelly Staats hit a walkoff double on a 1-1 count to score Carranco and give the Eagles the victory. 

Grindrod earned the win in relief of Carranco.  

Estrada went two-for-four with a solo home run. 

Perry also homered and drove in two runs. 

Krista Hoyt doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run. 

Destinee Jackson singled, walked drove in a run, and scored twice. 

McBride had a double, a run, and an RBI. 

Carranco singled, walked, drove in a run, and scored the winning run.

The Eagles (3-2) return to action Tuesday in Winter Haven. They play Florida State College at Jacksonville (0-4) at 1 p.m. and Palm Beach State College (0-7) at 5 p.m. 

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