TIGERVILLE, S.C. – North Greenville defended their home turf with a pair of wins over the King Lady Tornado softball team on Wednesday afternoon. King fell by a 7-1 decision in game one of their doubleheader before taking the Trojans into extra innings before succumbing to a 6-5, eight-inning defeat in the nightcap.
GAME ONE – King 1, North Greenville 7
A five-run, second inning set the tone for King's opening game against the North Greenville Trojans. Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) loaded the bases on two walks and a single when Marielena Santos poked a single through the right side to score two and turn the lineup over. After a sacrifice fly extended the lead to three, Kimberly Robertson and Rachel Glazebrook hit back-to-back doubles to right to build a five-run lead.
Brabson chipped in offensively, notching a run-scoring single in the top of the fifth as part of the team's four hits, but NGU responded with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 7-1.
Glazebrook led the Trojans with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of work, allowing one run on four hits.
GAME TWO – King 5, North Greenville 6 (F/8)
King's Rachel Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) held the Trojans to two runs over the first four frames of game two before the Lady Tornado offense caught up and took a 4-2 lead with a big inning at the plate. Tiffany Harris (Tazewell, Va.) and Tiffany Brand (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the inning off with a pair of singles before loading the bases when Stephanie Rodriguez reached base on a fielder's choice. Christina Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) belted a single to center field, scoring one, before King tied the game when the Trojans could not get the lead runner at the plate on a fielder's choice. Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) brought two more around on a single to center to take a 4-2 lead.
North Greenville retook the lead when Kimberley Westbrook doubled in a run and advanced to third on an errant throw. After Glazebrook was replaced by a pinch runner, a wild pitch later in the inning allowed NGU to tie the game at four runs.
After the Trojans went up a run in the bottom of the fifth, King rallied when down to their last out to tie the game and force extra innings. Brabson kept the Lady Tornado's hopes alive with a single up the middle followed by a walk issued to Christy Kooch. Tori McComas pinch ran for Brabson at second, where her speed paid off when she scored on the next batted ball hit to short.
Tied at five, King failed to score in the eighth but surrendered the winning run on a single to left by Marielena Santos, ending the game with a 6-5 score.
Chisty Kooch led the Lady Tornado in game two with a 2-for-3 day from the plate, notching two ribbies.
King concludes their four-game road trip and will bring their game back to the King College Softball Complex for the next eight games. They will start the home stand on Thursday, March 1, against conference foe Lees-McRae.