GSC Softball Goes 1-3 At Visit Dothan Invitational

Highlander Makenzie English (Photo by Village Photography)
Highlander Makenzie English (Photo by Village Photography)

DOTHAN, Ala. -- Gordon State College's women's softball went 1-3 this past weekend in the Visit Dothan Invitational as the Highlanders split a pair of games on Sunday to pick up their first win of the 2020 season.

GSC (1-5) dropped two games on Saturday -- 12-6 to Snead State Community College (Ala.) and 10-2 in six innings to Coastal Alabama-South -- but came back on Sunday to defeat No. 18 Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (Ala.) by a 8-4 score before falling to Shelton State Community College (Ala.) 10-0 in five innings.

On Friday, five GSC errors contributed to seven unearned runs as Snead State C.C. pulled out the six-run win.  

GSC collected 12 hits in the game, including a 3-for-3 performance from Abby Foster (McDonough, Ga. Ola HS) and a 2-for-4 day from Camden Steele (Jackson, Ga. / Union Grove HS), who also scored two runs for the Highlanders. 

Taylor McClendon (McDonough, Ga. / Ola HS) was 1-for-3 with two RBI. 

Game 2 on Saturday saw GSC fall behind 8-0 to Coastal Alabama-South before the Highlanders got a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. But it wouldn't enough as Coastal finished the six-inning game up with two runs for the final eight-run margin.

McClendon was 2-for-3 with a walk while Camryn Currie (Marietta, Ga. / Hillgrove HS), Mariah Allen (Buford, Ga. / Mill Creek HS), Steele and Foster each had a hit.

GSC once again struggled in the field with four errors.

On Saturday, GSC climbed into the win column for the first time this season as the Highlanders knocked off No. 18 Wallace State C.C.-Hanceville 8-4.

Wallace St. CC-Hanceville took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the GSC bats got hot and plated six runs in the third inning to take an 8-2 lead.

Both teams added two runs each in the sixth and GSC secured the win with a scoreless seventh inning as Faith Hager (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS) finished with a complete-game victory in the circle.  

Hager faced 33 batters and allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out five and walking two.

Makenzie English (Williamson, Ga. / Pike Co. HS) was 4-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored.

Madison Powell (Roberta, Ga. / Taylor Co. HS) had two hits, including a double, and three RBI while Jordyn Dobson (McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove HS) had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs.

GSC closed out the four-game weekend with the 10-0 loss in five innings to Shelton State C.C.

Shelton State C.C. scored in every inning en route to the 10-run victory, including a five-run second inning to break the game open.

GSC managed just four hits with Mary-Masdon McCrary (Thomaston, Ga. / Upson-Lee HS) leading the way with two.

Breanna Lee (Concord, Ga. / Pike Co. HS) and Bailey Odom (Danville, Ga. / Bleckley Co. HS) each had a hit -- both doubles -- for the Highlanders. 

GSC is back on the field on Friday as Cleveland State Community College comes to Barnesville for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. 

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at www.gscathletics.com, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).