The Lady Pioneers traveled to Beckley, WV on Saturday April 21st to compete in the Mountain State Round Robin Tournament. GSC defeated Southern Virginia University and Mountain State University, both NAIA schools, to win the tournament. On Sunday, the Lady Pioneers faced WVIAC newcomer Seton Hill University and recorded a split, dropping the first game then winning the second in a non-conference double header.
Saturday’s competition opened with GSC demolishing Southern Virginia University 16-0. Tournament rules alllowed a mercy victory with a 15-run lead after 3 innings, and that was all that it took for the Lady Pioneers. The GSC line-up featured Lorrie Chaperon at second, Lacey Powell at short, Kayla Shobe at third, Beth Moore designated hitter, Jade Jean at first, Amy Carte in right field, Alysha Lavey in center field, Candice White catching, Deidra Wallace in left field, and Tiffany Bush on the mound.
After holding SVU scoreless in the 1st, the Lady Pioneers started off with hits immediately. Lorrie Chaperon and Lacey Powell both singled, and then Coach Moore called the double steal to place the Pioneer baserunners on second and third. Kayla Shobe’s sacrifice fly was the 1st out of the inning and scored Chaperon. Beth Moore’s single scored Powell. Jade Jean grounded out, and Amy Carte popped up to the second baseman to end the inning with GSC up 2-0.
The top of the 2nd was scoreless again for SVU, and in the bottom of the inning the Lady Pioneers blew the game wide open, scoring 14 runs on 14 hits. With 1 out, Candace White singled, then advanced to third when Deidra Wallace hit a double. Lorrie Chaperon’s single scored both White and Wallace. Lacey Powell hit a triple, scoring Chaperon, then was brought in with Kayla Shobe’s single. Beth Moore singled to advance Shobe to second. Jade Jean popped up to the short stop to give SVU their 2nd out, but GSC didn’t lose any momentum as the next batter, Amy Carte, doubled to score both Shobe and Moore. Alysha Lavey walked to give the Lady Pioneers baserunners on first and second. Candace White singled to score Carte and advance Lavey to third. White then stole second to give the Pioneers baserunners at second and third. Deidra Wallace’s single scored both Lavey and White. Lorrie Chaperon then doubled to score Wallace, and Lacey Powell tripled again to score Chaperon. Kayla Shobe doubled to score Powell, then Beth Moore followed suit as her double scored Shobe. Jade Jean singled to score Moore, and SVU finally got out of the marathon inning when Amy Carte grounded out to the short stop.
A hitless 3rd inning allowed the Lady Pioneers to take the win under tournament rules with a score of 16-0. Tiffany Bush earned the victory on the mound, pitching 3 innings. She gave up 2 hits, walked 1 batter and recorded 2 strikeouts. She faced 12 batters in the outing.
The Lady Pioneers then faced host Mountain State University. This game went the full 7 innings, with GSC coming out on top 4-0. The Pioneer line-up featured Leanne Harris at second, Lacey Powell at short, Meagan James at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Beth Moore at first, Lorrie Chaperon designated hitter, Jessica Gilchrist in left field, Candace White catching, Karly Eskew in right field, and Mandy Parkulo on the mound.
Although both teams recorded hits, neither team scored until the top of the 4th, when the Lady Pioneers scored 3 runs on 4 hits. Meagan James started the inning off in style with a home run. Stacy Mack doubled, then came home on Beth Moore’s single. Lorrie Chaperon struck out for the 1st out of the inning. Beth Moore then stole second to give the Lady Pioneers a baserunner in scoring position. Jessica Gilchrist struck out for the 2nd out, then Candace White’s single scored Moore. White then stole second, but the Pioneers didn’t manage to take advantage as Karly Eskew hit a grounder to short that resulted in the 3rd out.
After holding MSU scoreless in the bottom of the 5th, the Lady Pioneers got right back to work, as Leanne Harris tripled to start the inning. Harris then scored on a past ball to give GSC their 4th and final run of the game. Lacey Powell grounded out, and then disaster struck as Meagan James was hit in the hand by a pitch. X-rays later revealed that the hand was broken, effectively ending James’ season and striking a serious blow to the Lady Pioneers. MSU struck out Stacy Mack and Beth Moore to end the inning.
Mountain State managed 3 more hits in the game, but couldn’t turn them into any runs, and GSC held on to win 4-0. Mandy Parkulo earned the win, facing 29 batters. She gave up 6 hits, walked 1 batter, and recorded 2 strikeouts.
On Sunday, the Lady Pioneers hosted WVIAC newcomer Seton Hill University in a non-conference double header. GSC dropped the 1st game 6-2, and won the 2nd 5-0.
In the first game, the Lady Pioneer line-up featured Leanne Harris at second, Lacey Powell at short, Kayla Shobe at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Beth Moore at first, Lorrie Chaperon designated hitter, Jessica Gilchrist in left field, Candace White catching, Karly Eskew in right field, and Mandy Parkulo on the mound.
Seton Hill took advantage of 2 GSC errors and 1 hit to score 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning. After a “3 up/3 down” bottom of the 1st, SHU scored 2 more runs in the top of the 2nd on 3 hits. The Lady Pioneers finally scored in the bottom of the 4th, taking advantage of 3 hits. Kayla Shobe started the inning off with a homerun. Stacy Mack then singled, and advanced to second on Beth Moore’s sacrifice bunt. Lorrie Chaperon then doubled to score Mack. Jessica Gilchrist bunted to advance Chaperon to third, and in doing so earned the 2nd out of the inning. Candace White popped up to second for the 3rd out.
Unfortunately, those runs would be the last that the Pioneers scored. SHU scored 2 more runs in the top of the 7th, and the final score was 6-2. Mandy Parkulo took the loss for GSC. She faced 31 batters in 7 innings of work, gave up 8 hits and recorded 2 strikeouts.
In the second game GSC fared better, winning 5-0. The Lady Pioneer line up changes included Lorrie Chaperon at short, Stacy Mack designated hitter, Jade Jean at first, Amy Carte in right field, Alysha Lavey in center field, Deidra Wallace in left field, and Tiffany Bush on the mound.
This time the Lady Pioneers were the first to score. In the bottom of the 1st inning, with 1 out, Lorrie Chaperon, Kayla Shobe, and Stacy Mack all singled to load the bases. Unfortunately all three runners were stranded as Jade Jean popped up to second, and Amy Carte flied out to left field. However, the Pioneer hitters were finally connecting, and in the bottom of the 2nd, GSC scored 2 runs on 1 hit and 1 SHU error.
Alysha Lavey started the 2nd off with a walk, and then scored when Candace White’s single was mishandled by the pitcher and then thrown away. White ended up on third. Deidra Wallace’s single scored White, and was then thrown out on the fielder’s choice which allowed Leanne Harris to reach first. Lorrie Chaperon and Kayla Shobe provided the last 2 outs of the inning as SHU managed to make the defensive plays.
Seton Hill threatened in the 6th as they recorded 3 hits, but failed to turn any of their hits into runs as Candace White threw out a SHU baserunner attempting to steal, and the Pioneer defense took care of the other 2 outs.
GSC added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Jade Jean started things off with a single, and Karly Eskew came in to pinch run. Eskew then used her speed to steal second, then third, and scored when Amy Carte singled. Alysha Lavey’s sacrifice bunt moved Carte into scoring position. Candace White then took advantage of an error by the third baseman on her hit to score Carte and end up on third. Deidra Wallace popped up to the pitcher for the 2nd out of the inning. Leanne Harris singled to score White, then stole second during Lorrie Chaperon’s at bat. Chaperon struck out to end the inning and strand Harris on second.
The Lady Pioneer outfield took care of recording the final 3 outs of the game, as Seton Hill’s hitters sent three straight fly balls to the outfield and all three were caught. The final score was 5-0, taking the Lady Pioneers to 17-27 overall. Tiffany Bush pitched the shutout for GSC, facing 27 batters in 7 innings. She gave up 7 hits, no runs, and recorded 1 strikeout.
The Lady Pioneers face a slate of NAIA opponents this week, as they travel to Rio Grande University on Tuesday, host Mountain State on Wednesday, and host Rio Grande on Friday. They will wrap up their WVIAC regular season competition this weekend as they travel to Bluefield State College on Saturday and play their final home game versus the University of Charleston on Sunday. Sunday’s game is also Senior Day, and will honor the Lady Pioneers’ two seniors, Elizabeth Randolph and Beth Moore.