SMCC Lady Bears' record season comes to a close

SMCC Lady Bears' record season comes to a close

The Lady Bears' record season came to a close Monday afternoon when, after enduring a four-day weather delay, they were finally able to complete their MACJC state tournament elimination game against Co-Lin. Unfortunately for the Lady Bears, they came out on the wrong side of an 8-5 score.
 
With the loss, the Lady Bears ended the season with a program-record 29 wins (against 16 losses). They went 16-12 in the MACJC, tying a program-record for conference wins.
 
On May 9, the game's original start date, the Lady Bears trailed 3-0 before getting on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan McNabb led off the inning with a double and later scored on a passed ball. Carrington Jefcoat, on base via a walk, scored on an error to trim the Co-Lin lead to 3-2.
 
Both teams scored a run in the fifth inning to make the score 4-3. The Lady Bears' run came on a two-out RBI single from Jade Latham.
 
Co-Lin (28-15) then added four runs in their half of the sixth to increase their lead to 8-3. After the Lady Bears were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, the game was halted due to the weather.
 
When things resumed Monday afternoon, Co-Lin went down in order in the top of the seventh.
 
In the bottom of the inning, the Lady Bears made things interesting. Tia Bussey led off with a single and, with one out, McNabb walked. Both then scored when Jefcoat lined a double to right field. That, however, would be as close as the Lady Bears would get as Co-Lin held on for the win.
 
Jefcoat's RBI's gave her the team season record with 39 (she also now holds the team career record with 57) while the double gave her a team season-record tying 13 and tied the career record with 21.
 
Latham took the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.
 
Bussey and Latham both had two singles in the game.