The VSU softball team split Monday's doubleheader with Barry thanks to Elske ten Hoope's 2-0 shutout in Game 2.

In Miami Shores, Fla., the Blazers (11-24) went out meekly in the first game, losing 4-2. Amanda Edwards took the loss as VSU made four errors, while picking up just four hits. A Brooke Davis RBI single in the first got the team off to a good start, but they failed to score again until Jessie Ortiz's double in the sixth.

In Game 2, Holly Willis supplied all the offense with a two-run double in the second inning. ten Hoope allowed five hits to the Buccaneers, who are 24-12 and tied for second in the Sunshine State Conference.



Trojans' troubles at the end

The last inning continues to be the most difficult for the Brooks County baseball team. The Trojans (4-8) allowed five runs to Cairo in the top of the seventh to lose 7-4.

Sophomore Tom Ley, who only managed three innings against the Syrupmakers earlier this season in his only other varsity start, made it to the seventh before a leadoff single ended his night. A walk and a sacrifice bunt followed before a two-run single tied the game. Two more walks forced another pitching change before an error scored two more runs and the last run came around on a balk.

Cairo won the first matchup at home 14-6.

Brooks managed to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't come up with a clutch hit. The Trojans had plenty early in the game, as Daniel Story went 3-for-4 with three single, scoring a run and knocking home another. Brett West also went 3-for-4 and scored a run, while Evan Snow went 2-for-4 with a RBI.

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