SUWANEE— Collins Hill starting pitcher Amanda Chance pitched a complete game, allowed just six hits and one earned run, and struck out four to lead the No. 1 ranked Eagles to a 7-3 victory over Mill Creek.
The Hawks scored all three of their runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 3, but Chance shut them down over the last four innings to secure the complete game victory.
“I thought she did a great job battling all night,” Collins Hill head coach Paul Pierce said. “She left the ball up in one inning and Mill Creek is a great team that made her pay. I was glad to see she adjusted and got some ground balls and we played some good defense behind her.”
The Eagles led off the game with some solid, fundamental softball. Brea Dickey hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then Reagan Morgan laid down a bunt to get her over the third, and Laine Simmons hit an RBI sac-fly to left field to give her team a one run lead. Collins Hill (10-1, 4-0) extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second with a string of infield hits, culminating in Madison Palmiera’s grounder up the middle which brought home two runs.
Mill Creek (8-3, 3-2) would rally in the third with three consecutive two-out hits and Emily Lawrence would tie the game at three with a two RBI single to deep left field. Lawrence finished 2-for-3 and was one of only two Hawks hitters to reach base multiple times.
The Eagles extended their lead to 5-3 on a controversial play when a grounder struck a base runner between first and second and ricocheted into the outfield allowing two runs to score. However, the ruling was that the grounder was tipped by the glove of an infielder prior to hitting the base runner.
The Hawks would get a double play on the next at bat to limit the damage and keep themselves in the contest, but could not muster any more offense. Collins Hill added their final runs in the fifth inning with an RBI single from Simmons and Reagan came home to score on a wild pitch. Collins Hill showed plenty of depth in their lineup with every batter reaching base and seven different runners scoring. Tyra Holliday had a very productive night going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
“Tyra has been swinging a good bat all year,” Pierce said. “She does a great job and has a tremendous work ethic. You work hard and good things happen.”