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Cumberland cracks three HRs to sweep Midway

Mar. 6—Cumberland blasted three home runs last Saturday to sweep Midway in a softball doubleheader at Billy Dee Ross Stadium.

With these victories, the Phoenix improved to an 8-2 record (.800). Standout performances included Kenzie France scoring five runs on two homers in game one and freshman Karsyn France hitting her first home run of the season in game two, going 2-3 with three RBIs.

Midway came out swinging early, taking away the no hitter after just two pitches, reaching first base on a single through short and third. A double to right center field pushed the runner from first to third and put two Eagles in scoring position.

A single to shallow left drove a single runner over the plate, but Kaitlin Higgins managed to strike out her next batter and end the inning with just a single earned run. Cumberland found their way back quickly though, with an Ashley Evans double to right center with just one out.

Kenzie France came to the plate with two outs and took an 0-2 pitch over the right field fence, giving the Phoenix a 2-1 lead over the Eagles as the inning came to a close. Higgins pitched a gem in the top of the second, putting three up and three down.

The Phoenix continued to threaten in the bottom of the inning, drawing a walk and hitting two singles to load the bases for Ashley Evans. Getting her second hit of the day, Evans singled to left and sent in a runner home to extend the Phoenix's lead 3-1.

Leading off the third inning the Eagles singled with no outs again, but Abby Chappell back picked the runner at first and linked up with Kenzie France to grab the first out. Midway clawed their way back into the inning with back to back hits and a HBP to load the bases.

Higgins again worked herself out of the jam with an infield pop-up and a fly out to right field to escape the inning without any harm being done. Another inning brought on another bases loaded jam, that a pitcher yet again found their way out of.

Cumberland managed a three hit effort, but with all three being singles, the Phoenix could not find the timely hit they needed to drive any runs across. The top of the fourth was another clean inning for the Phoenix, not allowing any hits or runs for the Eagles.

Anna Lay snuck on base with an infield single to lead off the bottom of the inning, but the Phoenix could not capitalize on it, keeping the game at 3-1 going into the fifth. A Midway home run with two outs brought the game within just a single run, as the Phoenix led 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth.

The Phoenix led off with another single as Karsyn France reached on a ball to shallow left field, but Cumberland again could not find any hits to drive her in, keeping the game at 3-2. The sixth saw trouble for the Phoenix as the first batter of the inning reached on an error and the Eagles were able to jump on the mistake and tie the game 3-3.

CU found their rhythm in the bottom half of the inning, with an Anna Lay single and Abby Chappell walk helping to set up Kenzie France's second homer of the day, again over the right field fence. Karsyn France kept the bats hot for the Phoenix, reaching on a single and being driven in by Abbey Peach.

Going into the final frame of the game, Midway had to find a way to claw their way back from being down 7-3. Annalee Moore came into the game for Cumberland and closed things out swiftly, taking the first game of the doubleheader.

In a thrilling second match-up, Cumberland secured a hard-fought 8-4 victory over Midway. The game kicked off with the Eagles taking an early lead in the first inning, scoring two runs on four hits. However, Cumberland quickly responded with three runs of their own, thanks to a powerful hit by Abby Chappell's powerful double to left center.

The back-and-forth continued, with Midway tying the score at 3-3 at the top second inning. Karsyn France then delivered a crushing blow in the third inning, hitting a 3-run homer to put Cumberland ahead 6-4.

Cumberland's defense held strong for the remainder of the game, with pitcher Carly Clinnard holding down in the circle and throwing a complete game.

In the fifth inning, Anna Lay led off with a single through the right side and showed off her speed by stealing second and then third base. She eventually crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Evans, extending Cumberland's lead to 7-4.

Cumberland's defense was crucial in preventing Midway from scoring in both the sixth and seventh innings. At the top of the sixth, the defense tightened up, with Clinnard inducing groundouts and a pop-up to retire the side quickly.

At the top of the sixth, Cumberland capitalized on an error in the outfield, allowing Brylee Bartley to reach third base. Bartley then scored on a single by Gracie Arnemann, adding another run to Cumberland's tally and solidifying their lead at 8-4.

In the seventh inning, Cumberland's defense remained solid. Midway attempted to rally, but Cumberland's fielders made key plays, including a groundout to shortstop and two flyouts to the outfield, shutting down any chance of a comeback.