Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball Team Black used a three-run first inning Monday afternoon, at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field, to power its way to a 4-2 victory over Team Red in Game 1 of the Governors annual Red & Black Fall Softball World Series.
Trailing 1-0 heading into its first at bat of the day, Team Black tied things up quickly with Bailey Shorter opening the inning up with a single and scoring two batters later on a double to left-center field by Victoria Eccleston.
Team Black would then take advantage to two Team Red errors to plate two more runs in the inning to take the lead, 3-1.
That would be all the runs that Team Black starter Harley Mullins would need, as she held Team Red to a pair of runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out two.
Team Red would score the game’s final run in the top of the sixth inning on a home run off the scoreboard in left-center field, by Katelyn Smith, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but couldn’t get any closer.
Smith would also drive in Team Red’s other run of the game in the top of the first inning on a single that scored Shelby Harpe.
Harpe would take the loss for Team Red despite giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out eight.
Game 2 of the Govs Red & Black World Series will begin at 3:45pm, Tuesday at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field.
Inside the Boxscore
Both teams turned a double play.
Team Red outhit Team Black overall, 7-5.
Bailey Shorter (Team Black) had the game’s lone stolen base.