COLUMBIA, South Carolina – The Tuskegee Tigerettes won three straight games on Sunday to capture the 2015 SIAC Women's Softball Title. A 6-4 win over the Kentucky State Thorobrettes Sunday afternoon at Polo Road Park in Columbia gave Tuskegee its second title in as many years.
After dispatching of the Stillman Lady Tigers in the opening game of the day, Tuskegee found itself against Western Division foe Kentucky State in the championship round. KSU, the West's top seed, defeated Tuskegee earlier in the tournament and entered the day undefeated in tournament play.
GAME 13: Tuskegee d. Stillman 3-1 (Stillman eliminated)
After three scoreless innings, Tuskegee broke open the scoring in the top of the fourth inning when Kenyah Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to score Cari Driver. Estavia Jones then singled in Roslyn Thomas and Chante Warner, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Tigerettes. Stillman would score in the bottom of the 7th inning when Kersey Hunt singled to score Hannah Burr.
Karisa Foye earned the win for Tuskegee, working five innings surrendering five hits while striking out four. Stillman's Mickenzie Sparks worked seven innings allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.
GAME 14: Tuskegee d. Kentucky State 5-1
Roslyn Thomas and Chante Warner each drove in two runs as Tuskegee forced a winner-take-all game when the Tigerettes defeated the Thorobrettes 5-1. Thomas's effort came on a two-run blast in the top of the first inning with two outs. Kentucky State answered when Alysha Sakamura scored on a passed ball.
Tuskegee plated another run in the top of the third when Warner reached on an error to score Cari Driver. In the top of the fourth, Kenyah Smith scored an unearned run when Haley Plato reached on a fielding error. The Tigerettes added a run in the top of the sixth inning when a Warner sacrifice fly scored Jasmine Howard.
Karisa Koye earned the win in relief, working 5 2/3 innings walking six and striking out five. Kentucky State's pitching duo of Brittney Gately and Cheyenne Carpenter combined to strike out three, walk three and allow nine hits in the contest.
GAME 15: Tuskegee d. Kentucky State 6-4
Tuskegee scored first when back-to-back doubles by Roslyn Thomas and Adrienne Eaddy scored a run. Eaddy would score two batters later to give the Tigerettes a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the second inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Kentucky State tied the contest when Tyniesha Wilson scored on an Alysha Sakamura double before Sakamura scored on a Tuskegee throwing error.
In the Tuskegee half of the fourth inning, Eaddy scored again, this time on a Haley Plato single. KSU answered in the bottom of the fifth when Wilson scored on a throwing error. The Thorobrettes took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Danielle Bonham doubled to score Danielle Odums.
Trailing 4-3, Tuskegee opened the seventh inning with a Driver single, later scoring on a Karisa Foye single. A couple batters later, Morgan Burrell would score when Eaddy reaches on an error. In the next at-bat, Kenyah Smith would ground out as Roslyn Thomas scored the insurance run to seal the win.
Tuskegee's Karisa Foye was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. In the deciding contest, she threw seven innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing three hits. She went 5-0 on the weekend striking out 34 batters over three days of play.
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