King Splits Doubleheader with Limestone
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hannah Light tossed both games of King's doubleheader against Limestone College on Tuesday afternoon, splitting the mini-series. King fought through five errors and took advantage of two Saints' miscues toward a 4-1 win in game one, while a classic pitchers' duel took place in game two where Light earned her first loss of the season, 2-1.
GAME ONE: Limestone 1, King 4
Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) earned her eighth win of the season holding Limestone to one unearned run in the win. Three of King's four runs were scored as a result of two Limestone errors while Light helped the Tornado work through four miscues in the field.
Limestone scored the game's first run as a result of an error in the field, putting Jenna Guse on first base with one out in the top of the third. After advancing on a wild pitch, Cora Milliken committed her second and third errors of the inning to allow Guse to score their only run of the contest.
King returned in the bottom half of the inning and took advantage of a three-base error committed by Saint third baseman Jordan Smith. Milliken put down a bunt with Chrissy Melcher on first base, but Smith's throw went over the first baseman and up the right field line, allowing Melcher to score and Milliken to advance to third. Two batters later, Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) drove in Milliken with a single to left field, taking a 2-1 lead.
Light (8-0) retired eight straight batters while King put up two more runs and retired the final five in order toward the team's 17th win of the season. The sophomore righty struck out four Saints and only allowed three hits in the win.
The Lady Tornado added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings to drive the score to the final of 4-1. After a pair of walks from Leah Quant, Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in Melcher. Melcher then kept the runs coming, blasting a two-out double to the wall in left, scoring Aubrey Hutt.
GAME TWO: Limestone 2, King 1
King's offense struggled in game two of the doubleheader as the team stranded four of their five base runners on the day. WEBB struck out six Lady Tornado hitters and limited them to just three hits, two coming from Kendall Brabson.
Brabson hit two doubles in three plate appearances, finding both gaps between the lines. She was stranded on third twice early in the game.
Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) continued hitting with power, cranking her sixth home run of the year with a solo blast over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning to half the Limestone lead, 2-1. Despite her home run, the offensive struggled continued in King's final chance at the plate as Webb struck out the final three King batters to end the game.
Hannah Light (8-1) took her first loss of the season, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Limestone's Kirstyn Burleson tagged her for a solo home run in the first inning as part of a 3-for-3 day at the plate to take an early 1-0 lead. The game-deciding run came in the top of the sixth when Jenna Guse scored on Burleson's single through the right side, at the time putting the Saints up 2-0.
King will host the Concord University Mountain Lions on Thursday, March 29, for a doubleheader at the KC Softball Complex beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Lady Tornado will jump into a stretch of six straight Conference Carolinas games on March 31, beginning on the road with Queens (N.C.).