Sometimes in sports it is best to get out of the way and let the opponent beat itself. With the score tied at four, Florida walked ten batters in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nine scored for a 13-4 South Columbus lead. Jordyn Turbeville struck out the side in the Florida fifth, ending the game and a day of “must win” softball for South Columbus was complete.
The game started poorly for South Columbus. The first four Florida batters reached base and scored for a quick 4-0 advantage. A strong relief pitching effort by Olivia Watts kept the Floridians off the board until Turbeville took over in the fifth. Watts struck out seven batters during her time in the circle.
Hannah Nobles’ double scored Carmen Buck, Riley Grice and Turbeville to close the gap to 4-3 after one frame. Buck, Grice and Turbeville all reached base by? You guessed it, walks. Buck walked and later scored to tie the game in the third. Payton Brooks’ double was the only South Columbus hit in the fifth. It came after all 10 walks had occurred.
South Columbus connected for eight hits. Nobles and Brooks had two hits each. Grice, Turbeville, Laney Nance and Ja’Naya Frinks all contributed hits.
South Columbus faced Mississippi in another elimination contest Monday at 6 p.m.