TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Softball Team squared off against Jones College Friday night in their third doubleheader of the fall.

In game one, Jones College jumped out to an early lead with a two-run home run over the right field wall
by freshman Jayden Sawyer. Alabama pitcher Jocelyn Briski would bounce right back finishing her three
innings of work with six strikeouts and only allowed one hit.

“Actually, it was probably a good thing that happened,” said Coach Patrick Murphy. “I think she struck
out the next five. So, we loved to see that.”

The Alabama offense got going in the second inning when Kristen White poked a ball to left field, scoring
two and giving the Tide their first lead 3-2. Alabama would take advantage of walks and a hit by pitch to add another in the bottom of the third.

In the bottom of the fourth, Bailey Dowling blasted a ball to right center field for an RBI double. She
would advance to third on a wild pitch and Riley Valentine would knock her in with a sacrifice fly to
center making it 5-2.

Kenleigh Cahalan stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth with a runner on first. She would crush
a ball off the right field wall for an RBI triple extending the lead to 8-2. Lauren Esman would hit a ground
ball to second scoring Cahalan to give the Tide their ninth and final run.

Kayla Beaver came in relief of Briski and dominated in the circle. She pitched four innings, only allowed
one hit, struck out three and did not allow a run.


Game two:

The Alabama sticks got rolling early in game two with KJ Haney ripping a ball down the right field line
clearing the bases to give Alabama a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

“She’s been on injured reserve for a year with Achilles surgery,” said Murphy. “She didn’t even know she
was going to hit today. So that was even better. And then you saw the reaction of the team it was

After a Preuitt walk to begin the second inning Kendal Clark stepped to the plate. On the first pitch of
the at-bat she connected on a pitch and sent it soaring over the center field wall for a two-run home

“She can do that all year long for us because she’s a very strong young lady with a lot of pop and
obviously you saw that tonight,” said Murphy.

Kali Heivilin led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double down the left field line. Bailey Dowling
would follow that up with a double to the left center gap scoring Heivilin. Kinley Pate would come into
run for Dowling. She would come around to score on a wild pitch making it 9-1.

After a Lauren Johnson walk Kendal Clark once again stepped to the plate. Once again, she connected
and drove a ball over the center field wall for her second two run home run of the game.

“I think just sticking to what I know I needed to do just helped me execute tonight feeling free and
feeling loose,” said Kendal Clark. “Just knowing everything that we’ve done is paying off during this fall
and it’s going to carry into the spring.”

Marle Giles would lead off the bottom of the sixth with a walk. Heivilin would then single up the middle
scoring Giles. Giving the Tide a 12-1 lead that would become the final score in game two.

Alea Johnson started in the circle pitching four innings striking out seven allowing four hits and one run.
Jaala Torrence would come in relief for the final three innings. She would strike out one and shut out the


Up Next

The team will play their fourth and final exhibition on Sunday Oct. 22 against Chipola College first pitch
scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Time.


Nazario Pangallo is a contributor for WVUA-FM.