MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE MEMBERS HONORED; SAMFORD BEATS ASU
The Alabama State softball team paid tribute to the brave men and women who have fought courageously to protect our country’s freedom with a special Military Appreciation Day at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex on Tuesday evening.
Members from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery were honored with a special pre-game ceremony. Base commander and Colonel Andrea D. Tullos was the esteemed guest of honor as she tossed the game’s ceremonial first pitch and threw a strike.
Nine other respected members of the Air Force also accompanied ASU’s starting nine players to their defensive spots on the field before the playing of the National Anthem.
Lady Hornet softball players also wore camouflaged alterations of their Alabama State uniforms to show their support.
In the game, Alabama State was held in check by a trio of pitchers as Samford defeated the Lady Hornets 6-1.
ASU (10-23 overall) was able to tie it at 1-1 in the second inning after Alexis Johnson and Carly Evans each worked out walks to begin the inning.
After the runners moved up on a wild pitch, Kendall Core hit a grounder to the second baseman, which fielded and threw home.
Pinch runner Tacresha Evans appeared to slide underneath the tag from the Samford catcher on a throw.
Instead, she was ruled out.
After Britney Wilson drew a walk, the next two ASU batters were retired to end the threat.
Samford (24-13 overall) took the lead for good on a RBI double down the right field line by Abby Miranda. The Lady Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Next, ASU will play at Jackson State in a three-game series set to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. in a SWAC showdown. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.
Live stats can be followed at http://www.sidearmstats.com/alasu/softball/.
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