Freed-Hardeman Lions and Lady Lions advance in Mid-South Conference Tournament

Kennedy Harris hit two home runs in the doubleheader sweep over Shawnee State. Photo by McCall Decker

The Lady Lions softball team (37-9, 25-7 MSC) knocked off Shawnee State (8-31, 6-26 MSC) 7-1 and 8-0 on Friday, advancing them to the Mid-South Conference Tournament final site.
The Lady Lions had control from start to finish in both games, thanks to stellar pitching from both Morgan Crawford and Brittany Adair.
Crawford threw a complete game in game one with six strikeouts, no walks, and not surrendering her first hit until the top of the sixth inning. Adair went six innings thanks to a run rule, striking out 16 batters and taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning.
The bats were alive for the Lady Lions as well in both contests. Catherine Crabb put together a 4-for-8 day combined after going 3-for-4 in game one with two doubles and a single.
Kennedy Harris provided the power for the 16th-ranked team in the nation, hitting a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning of game one, and hitting the “walk off” two-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth in game two to give the Lady Lions the 8-0 run-rule win, while also adding a triple to her tally.
The Lady Lions will await their opponent for the six-team, double-elimination tournament for the conference title. The tournament is slated for May 6-9 in Columbia, Kentucky, on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lions baseball team (24-21, 17-7 MSC) blew past Pikeville (12-34, 6-20 MSC) on Saturday, knocking them off 18-3 in seven innings to advance to Bowling Green for the remainder of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
It was all Lions from the jump, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a Josh Sears opposite-field home run, his 20th long ball of the season, and a grand slam by Zach Sanders, his second home run of the season.
Sanders continued to have a hot bat the remainder of the contest, finishing with a 4-for-4 game with a double and two singles following his grand slam. He brought in six runs and scored five in the win.
Sears, Will McCall and Beau Simpson each finished with two RBI’s, and Jack Christian earned the win after striking out three batters in two innings of relief.
Colton Huntt struck out six batters in three innings after getting the start on the mound.
The tournament is scheduled for May 5-9.

Zach Sanders went 4-for-4 with a grand slam, a double and six RBI’s in the win over Pikeville. (Photo by McCall Decker)