October 20, 2020

Portwood’s Walk-off Grand Slam Lifts West Georgia Tech Softball

(Carrollton, GA) — Brittany Portwood hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the West Georgia Tech softball team a thrilling come-from-behind 7-6 win in game one of a doubleheader against Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College Saturday afternoon in Carrollton.

The Golden Knights cruised to a 7-2 win in the nightcap to complete the doubleheader sweep. WGTC improved to 3-5 on the season and avenged a pair of losses at CVCC a few days earlier. CVCC dropped to 6-4 on the year.

Portwood’s slam completed a comeback from a 6-0 deficit as West Georgia Tech scored the game’s last seven runs to pick up the 7-6 win in game one.

Chattahoochee Valley scored all six of its runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead, but West Georgia Tech chipped away at the lead with a run in the bottom-half of the third and scored two more in the fourth to get to within 6-3.

That set up the dramatic seventh inning, and Portwood delivered a bases-loaded bomb over the fence with two outs to give the Golden Knights the victory.

Layken Adkins

Layken Adkins

“That was a clutch hit in a clutch situation by a clutch player in Brittany Portwood,” said West Georgia Tech softball coach Stephanie Herrera.

“I think overall we had a solid team effort in the first game and none of our players gave up. This was a great example of how you keep playing to the final out no matter how much you are down or up. Portwood didn’t have her best game in the circle but we played pretty good defense behind her and our offense stepped up and got some runs here and there to keep us in the game.”

Portwood also picked up the win in the circle, as she pitched all seven innings and allowed six runs on seven this. She struck out five and walked six.

Portwood went 2-for-4 at the plate. Ashleigh White (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Layken Adkins (2-for-4, RBI) also had multiple hits for WGTC in an eight-hit attack.

West Georgia Tech struck for five runs in the first inning of game two and cruised to a 7-2 win, despite being outhit by Chattahoochee Valley 9-6.

Layken Adkins hit a grand slam of her own in the first inning – which set the pace. Allie Hinchman and Bre Richey also hit solo homers for the Golden Knights in game two.

Savannah Snapp went the distance in the circle and pitched effectively, allowing just two runs – one earned – on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

“I love Savannah’s mentality when she is in the circle,” Herrera said. “She is tough, she is confidant, and she really battles through some tough spots. The second game was nice because we jumped on them early and that really set the pace for the game. Two completely different games, obviously – but it was great to get both wins.”

West Georgia Tech returns to action on Friday with a pair of games in the Shorter University Tournament – which will be held at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur, Ala. WGTC will play four games over Friday and Saturday, before returning home to host Southern Union on Sunday.

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