Lady Tornado splits softball games at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. - King College split a Friday softball doubleheader at Milligan (Tenn.) College with a 7-2 game one victory before Milligan scored a 6-5 eight-inning decision in game two.

The Lady Tornado went to 9-19 after the doubleheader while Milligan has a 17-12 record.

Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) threw a complete game in the opener with just two runs on two hits allowed. She worked around seven walks and struck out a pair.

King got the lead in the first game thanks to a sharply hit RBI double down the left field line by Stephanie Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.). Aubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) led off the game by beating out an infield single and then moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.).

Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) emptied the bases with her double to center in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. Her fourth double of the season hit off the fence.

In the King sixth Brittany Watson (Morristown, Tenn.) had a RBI single and a pair of wild pitches later scored two more runs.

Watson would go onto finish 4-for-4, the first four-hit game for a Lady Tornado player since Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) went 4-for-5 at Bluefield (Va.) College on March 19, 2010.

Milligan broke up Wilmoth's no hitter attempt in the fourth when Abby Hughes singled up the middle which drove in Jessica Fix from second to tie things at 1-1.

The homestanding Lady Buffs got a seventh inning run when Camille Olvey had a sacrifice fly to center. Earlier in the inning Ellyn Sapp doubled to right.

Besides the four hits from Watson, Hutt and Brabson had two hits apiece.

Sidney Burns went the first five innings and was hit for four runs on eight hits.

In the eighth inning of the night cap King was able to get a pair of runs to break a 3-3 tie including a RBI double to left center by Brabson and then Mueller later scored on a wild pitch.

However, Milligan rallied for three runs in the next half inning with the tying and game-winning run coming from a single to right center with the bases loaded from Krista Lambdin.

The Lady Tornado struck again in the top of the first of game two with three runs on three hits. Mueller had a RBI double with a RBI single from Kooch. Later on a passed ball from Burns in a relief appearance allowed Kooch to score when the bases were loaded.

Milligan used a first inning home run from E. Biggs. In the third frame J. Fix used a sacrifice fly to push into a second Lady Buff run.

Wilmoth was the losing pitcher in game two with an inning of work in relief with four runs, three earned, on three hits.

Chancli Connaster worked 1 2/3 innings with a start and then finished the game. She allowed five runs on four hits. In between Connaster's appearences Burns threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.

King's Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) was able to keep Milligan to just two runs in six innings. She worked around seven hits and struck out five with no walks.

Brabson and Shauna Haga (Blountville, Tenn.) each went 2-for-4.

King and Milligan faced each other Tuesday in Bristol with Milligan taking both 8-0 and 4-1.

Next for King will be a Thursday doubleheader at Reinhardt (Ga.) University with a 5 p.m. scheduled start.