ST. GEORGE, Utah — The 2019 softball season ended for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Thursday evening.
The Fillies dropped their final game of the year to Butler Community College (Kan.), 6-4, which eliminated them from the NJCAA national softball tournament.
Both squads scored a single run in the first inning, the Fillies’ tally coming on a Shyann Dorough single that drove in Alexis Meadows. Neither team scored during the next two innings, but two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames gave Butler a 5-1 advantage.
ABAC struck back with a home run by Meadows in the bottom of the fifth, then Butler responded with a run in the sixth. Ashley Weesner homered in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Layfield singled in Meadows to close it to 6-4. The Fillies had Jamilah Johnson on third and Layfield on first, but there were already two outs in the inning. Butler got a grounder to shortstop from the next batter to end the game.
Layfield had two of ABAC’s seven hits for the game. She pitched a complete game, fanning seven Butler hitters.
The national tournament bid was ABAC’s first since 2002. They ended the season with a 41-16 record.