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Ethington, Drury power Asbury to KIAC title

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Local products star in conference tourney championship; Eagles win crown in program’s first year back

By The Staff

The Asbury College softball team won its first Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, defeating Indiana–Southeast 4-2 on Saturday.

Playing on their home field in Wilmore, the Eagles won in the program’s first year back after a five-year absence. The Eagles defeated Alice Lloyd 9-0 and Brescia 7-1 on Friday to advance to the championship game on Saturday.

Asbury (24-12) fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Grenadiers for the first time this year.

The Eagles fell behind in the bottom of the first but fought back and take the lead in the third. Anderson County High School graduate Miranda Drury doubled to right center to knock in the first two Eagle runs. Another former Lady Bearcat, Emily Ethington followed with an RBI double of her own to give Asbury a 3-1 lead.

From that point on, Asbury pitcher Carrie Wilderman stopped any Grenadier rally.

Wilderman (17-9) surrendered five hits and two runs, one earned, on the day and struck out five while walking none. The Eagles will be making their first trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Alabama May 14-20.