Well, dang. Yes, I know there is breaking news of national import on the football front, but, hey, we’re a softball school, right? Then again, maybe not.
Freshman Morgan Montemayor, who had been the pitcher of record in 27 of the Bulldogs’ 51 wins this season, lasted only two-thirds of an inning, conceding three walks, four hits, and five earned runs in what essentially was a decisive first frame.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bears’ Whitney Canion went the distance, holding the hometown Athenians to two earned runs over the course of the contest to card her 29th victory of the season. Georgia’s 13th and 14th setbacks of the season came in the NCAA Super Regional, costing the Red and Black the opportunity to return to the Women’s College World Series.
The postseason upset that kept the Bulldogs from going back to Oklahoma City brought to a disappointing end the stellar collegiate careers of senior standouts Alisa Goler, Taylor Schlopy, and Megan Wiggins, who together went two for eleven in their final outing for the Red and Black.
As disheartening as it is that the Bulldogs failed to advance, credit must be given to Goler, Schlopy, and Wiggins, as well as fellow seniors Jennie Auger, Brianna Hesson, Sarah McCloud, Katie Murphy, and Laura Trout, along with head coach Lu Harris-Champer and assistant coaches Gerry Glasco and Megan McAllister, for a successful run which, despite its ending, nevertheless was superb.