Skaggs earns win as UPIKE splits doubleheader at Midway

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MIDWAY - The University of Pikeville softball team scored nine runs on eight hits in the first inning of a 13-6 win, helping it secure a split at Midway University after losing to the Eagles 13-5 in the nightcap on Saturday.

Lee Collier sent down the hammer in the seventh inning of the opener with a solo home run, making it 12-6 before Kitty Raymond ended the scoring with an RBI groundout. While Collier provided the pop, Hannah Absher had the hot bat, going 3-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored.

UPIKE (3-5) also stole five bases in the win, including speedy base running by Absher, Collier, Jadyn Gibson and Jordan Gentry with a pair of steals.

Sophomore Hannah Skaggs collected the complete-game win in the circle, allowing two earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts as three errors hurt the Bears on the scoreboard, but kept Skaggs' ERA in check. Skaggs is a Magoffin County High School graduate. 

Midway led 6-2 through four innings in game two, but saw UPIKE score one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to make it a one-run game heading into the bottom of the inning.

Chandler Kelly and Brynna Souels both had two hits in the game. Souels delivered two doubles but the entire comeback effort backfired in the sixth stanza as Midway caught fire at the plate.

The Eagles scored seven runs on five hits and three walks, taking UPIKE from feeling like momentum was carrying it towards a sweep to ending the game early by run-rule.

Carly Benz and Alyssa Yates both hit home runs for Midway in the nightcap while four of their teammates combined for five doubles.

Midway never trailed in the game, but it was a one-run game twice; at 2-1 in the second and 6-5 in the sixth before the Eagles pulled away.

Megan Claypoole took the loss for the Bears after allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits with eight strikeouts. A Fleming County High School graduate, Claypoole also drove in a run with a hit in the opener.