Columbus, Ga. - Newberry fell to host Columbus State in the last game on Day One of the Columbus State Tournament with a final score of 8-5.
The Wolves opened their first two innings with runs, drawing first blood on a Haley Simonds single to left center that sent McKenzie Barneycastle to score. In the top of the second Tori Caldwell walked which advanced Barneycastle to second, Haley Wildes to third, and score Paige Meyer. Newberry held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.
The Cougars ended their half inning with four runs, five hits, no errors, and leaving one on base. They tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third on five hits, no errors, and one stranded. Columbus State would lead 7-2 going into the top of the fourth.
Newberry refocused in the fourth. Morgan Wagaman started off the inning with a single to the pitcher. Barneycastle walked and advanced Wagaman to second. Caldwell singled to third base, sent Barneycastle to second, and Wagaman to third. Natalie Willis grounded out to the third baseman, moved Caldwell to second, Barneycastle to third, and scored Wagaman.
Before the Wolves could wrap up the fourth, the Cougars garnered a run on a sacrifice fly to right field. The score would favor Columbus State 8-3.
The Wolves adjustments coming in the top of the fifth allowed them to score while shutting down the offense for the Cougars. Meyer’s single down the left field line sent her to first but an error committed by the left fielder would extend the play and see her reach second.
The next pitch would hit Wildes and place her on base. Wagaman reached base next, on a fielding error by the shortstop. Wildes would go to second, Meyer went to third and then scored on the error. Wagaman stayed active and stole second while Wildes stole third.
Due up next for Newberry was Barneycastle and she did not disappoint. On her single to the shortstop she allowed Wildes to score and shifted Wagaman to third base. Trying to extend scoring for the Wolves, Barneycastle stole second moments later but would be left stranded with Wagaman on base.
Neither team would score in the concluding two innings as Columbus State would take the game at 8-5.
While Newberry couldn’t harvest more runs, they were able to maintain their hitting streak. The carryover from this morning’s game allowed the Wolves to tally a hit in every inning, again.
Wolves with RBIs were Barneycastle, Caldwell, Willis, and Simonds. Barneycastle, Wildes, and Wagaman all stole bases during this matchup. Newberry also had one double play in the bottom of the fifth when a Cougar popped up on a bunt to first baseman Wildes who threw over to second baseman Wagaman to get another Cougar out on the play.
Pitching for Newberry took the loss with Alyssa Ball fall to 5-2 on the season. Simonds also saw time in the circle going 4.1 bouts during the contest.
Day Two of the Columbus State Tournament for the Wolves will start at 10 a.m. against the Parrots of Barry University.