Indian River State College softball captured the Southern Conference championship Wednesday in Ft. Pierce defeating Palm Beach State 6-5 and 16-1. The two teams were deadlocked at 14-4 entering into yesterday's games but Palm Beach held the tiebreaker over the Pioneers. For IRSC to win "The River" had to sweep the Panthers.
In the first game the teams were tied at 5-5 entering into the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs freshman Dream Aaron blasted her fourth homerun of the season deep over the centerfield fence to put the Pioneers up by a run.
In the seventh the Panthers got back to back singles to open the inning. After a sacrifice moving the runners into scoring position Hailey Andrews relieved starter Auria Mounts (15-4) striking out the final two batters to earn her fifth save on the season and secure the win for the Pioneers. Offensively the Pioneers were led by freshman Jaden Kline and Savannah Julylia, both had two hits.
In the second game the Pioneers struck quickly putting seven runs on the board in the first inning. The Panthers responded with a run in the second but "the River" added six more runs in the third and three more in the fourth to win 16-1 and secure the Southern Conference title. Hailey Andrews (15-7) went the distance allowing four hits and struck out eight batters. Jaden Kline and Michalyn Bingham had two hits each for the Pioneers.
The 39-14 Pioneers return to action on 4-22-17 against College of Central Florida. Game times in Ft. Pierce are at 1:00 and 3:00.