SCF softball | Two losses drop Manatees from state tournament

jdill@bradenton.comMay 4, 2013 

The bats were cold, and the pitching wasn't exactly lights out.

Consequently, the State College of Florida softball team lost its opener at the FCSAA Gulf District tournament 12-2 to Chipola College on Friday at Pensacola's Exchange Softball Park.

And after the Manatees dropped a 1-0 decision against Suncoast Conference rival Hillsborough Community College later Friday, SCF was eliminated from the state tournament.

The first game was stopped because of the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.

The Manatees (34-20) entered the tournament on a two-game winning streak after sweeping Miami-Dade to close out the regular season, but SCF couldn't put the two things together that is needed for a sustained tournament run: hitting and pitching.

Chipola threatened from the outset, but SCF's Taylor O'Quinn escaped early trouble without allowing a run.

That all changed in the fourth inning, when the Indians struck for the first run on an RBI single from Mya Anderson.

However, SCF responded in its half when Kayla Bjorge singled and scored on a throwing error from Indians pitcher Eva Voortman.

But the following frame proved to be a disaster for O'Quinn and her SCF teammates.

Control problems around some timely hits produced walks and several runs as O'Quinn allowed four runs before being replaced.

By that point, the damage was already done.

Chipola built a commanding 6-1 advantage, which the Indians salted the game away with more offense and power pitching from Voortman.

SCF's bats couldn't make the comeback against Voortman, who navigated the bigger weapons in the Manatees lineup such as Ashley Burney and Kat Penn with relative ease.

The Manatees couldn't muster much more offense, and Chipola, ranked No. 4 in the state, advanced in the winner's bracket of the state tournament.

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