March 30, 2014

LMC Softball Drops Two at King

BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Lees-McRae sophomore Sadie Lagle went 4-for-6 with three RBI in two games, but LMC dropped a doubleheader to King by identical 10-2 scores while both games lasted six innings in Conference Carolinas action Sunday afternoon at King Softball Field in Bristol, Tenn.

The Tornado (20-19, 5-3 CC) registered a six-run fourth inning each contest while Hannah Light tossed 11 innings combined. The Bobcats (6-27, 1-5) notched 17 hits on the day, but fell victim to shaky defense in the second game.

Game 1 – King 10, LMC 2

King put up a three spot in the bottom of the first after two walks set the table for Hannah Smith, who connected on a three-run shot down the left field line.

The Bobcats scratched a run across in the top of the third when Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.) reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Freshman Valerie Hickey (Umatilla, Fla.) continued her hot stretch with an RBI single to right.

The Tornado exploded for six runs in the fourth to stretch the lead to eight, 9-1. King's Cassie Ringstaff notched an RBI single before Smith notched her fourth RBI of the game on a Bobcat fielding error.

Samantha Cole delivered the big blow with a two-run single up the middle, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Hickey bested Light once again with an RBI double to left center in the top of the fifth, which plated Stallings, who singled and stole second.

The Tornado's Cheyenne Delffs ripped an RBI to right in the bottom of the six to cap off the scoring.

Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) and Hickey recorded two hits each while Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) suffered the loss after four innings of work.

Game 2 – King 10, LMC 2

LMC jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead following an RBI single from Lagle and a run-scoring single off the bat of junior Tori Wright (Boone, N.C.).

King cut the deficit in half while scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the third.

The fourth inning proved to be detrimental once again while a two-run single from Fallon Thomas highlighted a six-run fourth.

King plated three more runs, including two in the bottom of the sixth following three LMC errors.

The Bobcats return to action for a nonconference doubleheader against Mars Hill Wednesday, April 2, starting a 3 p.m. at LMC Softball Field.

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