2011 Tusculum Pioneeer Classic Information
Powell’s HR Lifts AB Softball to
Split with WJU
Game 1 – AB 3, WJU 2
Powell’s home run in the bottom of the 5th broke a 2-2 tie to give
Alderson Broaddus a 3-2 win over the visiting Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit.
who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s at the plate, went the distance on the mound
giving up two runs in 7 innings while scattering 9 hits and striking out 8.
Game 2 – WJU 8, AB 0 (5 innings)
Jesuit exploded for six runs in the top of the 5th as they took
advantage of cold Battler bats and some defensive miscues on their way to an
held to just two hits in the contest, while committing four errors leading to
four unearned WJU runs.
Softball Picked to Finish 6th
PRINCETON, W. Va.
– West Virginia Wesleyan earned 12
of the coaches’ 14 first-place
votes, enabling the team to register 194 points in the preseason poll.
WVWC finished the 2010 campaign at 44-13 and was 38th in the final NFCA poll.
Shepherd received one first-place tally and finished second in the poll
with 173 points. The Rams are coming off a 36-16 campaign in 2010.
Fairmont State was selected third by the coaches with 155 total points.
The Fighting Falcons finished fourth in the WVIAC regular season last
year, but made it to the championship game while posting an overall
record of 33-20.
West Virginia State was fourth in the poll with 153 points. The Yellow
Jackets received the final first-place vote. WVSU ended the year at
34-23 in 2010. The Yellow Jackets edged out the University of
Charleston, which accounted for 152 points, earning a fifth-place
finish in the preseason poll. The Golden Eagles were 34-22 a year ago
and made it to the semifinals of the WVIAC tournament.
Alderson Broaddus garnered a sixth-place selection in the poll with 104
votes. The Battlers were 17-9 in league play last year, earning a
fifth-place spot. Just behind AB was Seton Hill with 99 points. The
Griffins were 14-12 in WVIAC action in 2010. Wheeling Jesuit was eighth
in the poll with 93 points.
Glenville State was picked ninth in the poll with 88 points while West Liberty
was 10th with 86. Concord (78 points) was chosen 11th.
Davis & Elkins (40 points), Ohio Valley (39 points) and Bluefield
State (16 points) rounded out the 2011 softball preseason poll.
The first game of the 2011 season is Thursday, Feb. 3 when West
Virginia State will take on Shaw. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. To
view the 2011 WVIAC composite schedule, click here.
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School (1st place votes) 2010
WV Wesleyan (12)
Softball Takes 3 of 4 to Finish
Regular Season In 5th
The Alderson Broaddus softball team
wrapped up the 2010 regular season by winning three of their final four
contests in conference play. The Lady Battlers hope to carry that
momentum into this weekend’s conference tournament to be held in Vienna, West
Coach J.D. Long’s team traveled to Davis and Elkins College on April 20 to face
the Lady Senators. In the Lady Battlers’ first at-bat, Lisa Boswell was
hit by a pitch, and was later driven home by an RBI single by Haley Mullen to
give AB the early lead. D&E would answer with a solo homerun in the
bottom of the first, but the Lady Battlers’ offense would explode in the
second. Karrissa Ezell, Jen Francis, and Boswell would lead off the
inning with hits, including RBI singles by Francis and Boswell. Mullen
would then drill a homerun to allow Boswell to score. AB would later
score another run on an RBI single by Mary Mayer, which allowed Kat Powell to
cross home plate. The Lady Senators would add a run of their own in the
bottom of the second, but they would never catch up to AB, who would capture a
The Lady Battlers would rack up 15 hits, led by Powell’s 3-4 effort, including
a run and an RBI. Mayer also went 2-4 with an RBI. Mereaha Cooper
picked up the win from the mound, giving up four hits, while striking out six
and walking one in seven innings of work.
AB would record nine hits in game two of the double header, but would fail to
light up the scoreboard early as the Lady Senators jumped up 3-0 after six
innings. The Lady Battlers would even the score, however, as Boswell
would drive a three-run shot over the centerfield fence in the top of the
seventh. The contest would enter extra innings once D&E went three-up
and three-down to end regulation. A homerun by Brittany Meadows would
give AB its first lead of the contest in the top of the eighth, but the Lady
Senators would answer with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning to
regain the lead and take a 5-4 victory.
Besides, the two homers by Boswell and Meadows, AB got a solid effort from
Mullen, who finished 2-4, including a double. Powell took the loss for
AB, giving up seven hits and walking only one batter, which would eventually
score the game-winning run.
After splitting with the Lady Senators, AB closed out the regular season at
Salem International on April 24. The Lady Battlers lit up the scoreboard
early and often, as their first three batters of the contest would reach
home. Coach Long’s squad would add four more in the second inning,
including three after a triple to left field by Meadows. The Lady
Battlers would then tack on three more in the third, including a two-run homer
by Powell to go ahead 10-0. The Lady Tigers would score two in the
fourth, but it would not be enough to keep the game from ending in five
Boswell finished the contest 2-2 with three runs scored. Meadows was 1-2
with three RBIs. AB recorded only five hits, but its offense was aided
by nine walks. Powell earned the victory on the mound, giving up two hits
in addition to fanning two batters.
In game two, Salem took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a trio of
singles. AB would answer in the fifth, as Emily Pritt allowed Mullen to
score on an RBI single. The visitors would then take the lead for good in
the sixth as Ezell opened the inning with a single. Kelly Lauterbach
would then reach first on a walk, and Mullen would allow them both to score on
a single. Mullen herself would then score after an RBI single by Powell,
as AB would eventually win, 4-1. Mullen led the way at the plate once
again, going 2-4
19-9 Season Ending Record Entering
The Alderson Broaddus University softball
team wrapped up its regular season on a high note, as it swept its final two
opponents heading into the WVIAC tournament. The Battlers collected two
lopsided wins against Concord and Salem International to secure a third place
finish in the league with a 19-9 record.
The Battlers will open up tournament play in Vienna on
Thursday, May 1. Their third place finish earned them a bye, so they will
await the winner of Glenville State and Davis and Elkins at noon on
Thursday. AB will enter the tournament on a run of sorts, going 14-6 in
the month of April, including wins in nine of their last ten.
Coach J.D. Long’s team is led in hitting by freshman Kat
Powell with a .367 average. Lisa Boswell follows at .361, while Heather
Vestal and Kelly Lauterbach are also batting over .300. Powell has a
team-high 31 RBIs, along with eleven doubles and four homeruns. Boswell
also has four homeruns to go along with 15 doubles, three triples, and 21
RBIs. She has also crossed the plate 31 times. Another freshman,
Mereaha Cooper, continues to lead the pitching staff with a 2.85 ERA and a 13-9
record. Powell has also been steady on the mound, finishing with an ERA
of 3.92 and a 10-10 record.
Trio of Home Games Slated April
Coach J.D. Long has found his team on a roll as of late as the
Alderson Broaddus University softball team swept two WVIAC opponents this past
On April 18, the Battlers traveled to Bluefield State
College. AB would light up the scoreboard early by allowing three of
their first five batters to score in the contest. That would prove to be
more than enough, however, as the Battlers captured a 7-0 victory. The
Battlers would receive two runs from both Lisa Boswell and Heather Vestal, who
also had three stolen bases in the game. Kat Powell finished 2-3 with two
RBIs, while catcher Mary Mayer also drove in two runs. Mereaha Cooper
pitched a no-hitter while fanning nine batters and was one pitch away from a
In the second contest, the Lady Blues took a 1-0 lead in the
first inning, which they would maintain until the fourth inning when AB evened
the score on a run by Karrissa Ezell. AB would then tally three runs in
the third to take the lead, 4-1, before adding another run in the top of the
seventh. Bluefield would add a run in the seventh also, but it would not
matter as AB won the contest 5-2. Freshman Alissa Darst was 1-3 with two
runs scored while Powell was 2-4 with an RBI. Powell also tossed five
strikeouts and allowed three hits to pick up the victory on the mound.
The following day, the Battlers hosted Seton Hill
University. After two scoreless innings, the Griffins scored first on an
unearned run, but AB would even the score in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, it appeared the contest would be headed into
extra innings. However, with two strikes Powell drilled a homerun to give
AB the win. Powell would finish the contest 2-3, while Kelly Lauterbach
was 2-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. Cooper picked up
her eleventh victory of the year with a complete game effort.
Game two proved to weigh heavily on the defense once
again. Fortunately, the Battlers would get all of the offense they needed
from freshman catcher, Erin Hansel, who had a three-run homer in the second
inning to put AB ahead 3-0. Those would be the only runs scored by
either team the entire contest, which allowed the Battlers to capture a key
sweep of the Griffins. Powell won the contest for AB, giving up four
hits and fanning five batters.
Powell currently leads the Battlers in batting average with
a .336. She also has 27 RBIs and four homeruns. Boswell is also
hitting well over .300 with an average of .328. She leads the Battlers in
runs (24) and doubles (14) and is tied with Powell with four homeruns.
Cooper is leading the pitching staff with an 11-8 record, including six
victories in her last eight starts. She has an ERA of 3.12 and has a
team-high 74 strikeouts. Powell has an ERA of 4.14 with seven victories
and 39 strikeouts.
The Battlers, who have won nine of their last twelve, return
to action April 22 at home against Davis and Elkins College with the first
pitch being thrown at 5 PM. They will then host a pair of conference
contests over the weekend, with doubleheaders starting on Saturday and Sunday
Season Ending Homestand Highlights
Despite the sudden cold spell that
hit the area, the Alderson Broaddus softball team has been very busy, breaking
even at 7-7 over the past two weeks.
On March 29, the Battlers dropped a pair of contests at
Glenville State College.
2009 Team Includes Thirteen Rookies
Although Coach J.D.
Six Battlers Named to WVIAC
A second-place finish in the WVIAC
as well as solid individual efforts has resulted in the naming of six Battlers
from the Alderson Broaddus softball team to the WVIAC all-conference squads.
A stellar senior campaign by catcher
Ashley Mooney not only landed her on the first-team, but it also awarded her
WVIAC Player of the Year honors.
Batlers Earn Wins Against UC, FSU
Despite the varying weather, the
Battler softball team managed to get in a pair of contests last week in
On April 1, Coach JD Long’s squad hosted the Falcons of Fairmont State.
Bockbrader Named WVIAC Pitcher of
pitcher Kari Bockbrader led AB to a 3-2 victory over #7 Grand Valley State
week at a tournament in Salem, Virginia. The Temperance, Michigan native walked
none and struck out four as the Battlers became the second WVIAC school to
knock off a nationally ranked top ten squad in 2008.
With 5 starters returning for the
Battlers, Head Coach J D Long is very cautious, but remains positive about what
could happen in 2008. " The five returners provide a special leadership
for us but they have their work ahead of them due to the rest of the roster
having nine true freshman," said Long.
Fall 2007 News
The Battlers enjoyed their busiest Fall ever with four play
dates and 13 games played. Senior captain Ashley Mooney and freshman Lisa Boswell
shared the lead in hitting with a .
Spring 2007 News
Several members of the AB Softball
team received post-season honors. They include:
JR, Catcher, Peytona, WV
All-WVIAC for Softball:
The Battler softball team rebounded from a 0-12 start to
finish 25-20 in the 2007 season. Leading that late charge were 4 returners for
the 07-08 season.