ALC baseball team set to enter AAC Tournament
by STEVE LeMASTER
PIPPA PASSES - It's tournament time for an area college baseball team.
The Alice Lloyd College baseball team finished the last week of regular-season play this past week. On Monday, the Eagles hosted Brevard College in a doubleheader. In the first game, host Alice Lloyd trailed 3-2 going into the last inning, but rallied, scoring a run to tie the game, before going on to win 4-3 in extra innings.
Pikeville High graduate Matt Frasure got the game winning RBI and pitcher Timmy Taylor got the win. Senior first baseman Byron Hall (South Floyd High School) was injured in the first inning and surgery was required to repair a broken arm. Hall, who this past season came on and provided some welcome play in the ALC men's basketball program, will be out for the rest of the 2005 baseball season.
Brevard, a perennial conference contender, fought back to win the second game, 11-2.
On Wednesday, the Eagles traveled to rival Pikeville College. The Eagles hit the ball well in the game, but fell to the Bears. Pikeville prevailed in a big offensive game, winning 13-10.
Johnson Central High graduate Trenton Vanhoose had three hits and two RBI's. Kevin Slone, another Johnson Central product, had two hits and four RBI's. Brandon Collins had two hits and two RBI's; and Nick Laslo had a two-run double in the game. Several games were canceled due to the rainy and wet weather conditions.
The AAC (Appalachian Athletic Conference) Tournament is scheduled to begin Monday. Pairings were unavailable at press time.
ALC softball team ends season: The Alice Lloyd College softball season ended its season Monday with an 8-0 shutout loss on the road at Pikeville College.
Although the ALC softball program is still in its early stages, it continues to improve. Next year, plans are in place for a new softball field on the ALC campus. In addition next season, the ALC softball team will compete in post season competition for the first time. The Alice Lloyd softball team is coached by David Adams, who also serves as the school's women's basketball coach.
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