Jankay’s Homerun Takes Chants Beyond App State


MOBILE, ALA. – Courtesy of a Abby Jankay A two-run home run late in the fifth inning, the Coastal Carolina softball team defeated Appalachian State, 3-2, in a playoff game of the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship Tournament Thursday night at Jaguar Field .

With the victory, CCU improved to 23-28 overall and App State’s season ended with an overall record of 29-26 and 10-15 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The Chanticleers remain in the playoff bracket and will face second seed South Alabama at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

App State’s Emma Jones sent an opening single to center field followed by a sacrificial bunt from Emily Parrott to get Jones forward. Kaitlin Beasley Polko recorded her 630th career strikeout as she sat with Kayt Houston before walking with Mary Pierce Barnes. Beasley-Polko would retire the Mountaineers’ last batter to end the inning.

Montoya Abbey caught a base on balls in the home half of the first inning to become the Chanticleers’ first base runner of the day before stealing second base. However, the Chants would leave her stuck in second place.

Mountaineers Addie Wray hit third base before stealing second in the top of the second inning. Kati Waalk threw a double deep into center field to score Wray and make it 1-0 in favor of App State.

Looking to link the game, madison hudson ripped a two-out double to left center field late in the second inning, but a Chanticleer steal would leave it stranded.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, the Mountaineers’ Wray tied on balls before Taylor Throp was hit by a pitch to put the runners up first and second. On wild terrain, Wray placed third, but Beasley-Polko and the Chants again pulled through as an App State robbery would leave both runners stranded.

Late in the fifth inning, Hudson reached base for the second time before Jankay hit his fourth homer of the season on the scoreboard to give the Chanticleers a 2-1 lead.

After Jankay’s home run, lightning was spotted in the area and both teams suffered a weather delay of nearly two hours.

Payton Ebersol continued the Chanticleers’ momentum after the delay, as second fired a shot to center field that was followed by a Montoya single down the right field line that moved Ebersole up to third. With two withdrawals, Riley Zana doubled the left center field wall to get all runners forward and tackled Ebersole to make it 3-1.

At the start of the sixth, Barnes sent a brace to the left center field wall before moving to third on a passed ball. McKenzie McCullen scored a single on third base before a Chanticleer error allowed her to step forward and tag Barnes to make it 3-2. Wray reached a defender’s pick as pinch runner Clarie Carson was out of play before a Mountaineer steal ended the inning.

With a one-run lead in the seventh, Beasley-Polko pitched a 1-2-3 inning to earn their 14th win of the season and keep the Chants’ season alive with the 3-2 win.

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