2012-13 Softball News

May 14, 2013
Light named second team All-Southeast Region
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Along with her conference accolades, King University softball pitcher Hannah Light earned All-Southeast Region recognition this week. Light was named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region second team after leading Conference Carolinas in wins and strikeouts.

May 2, 2013
King softball summer camp dates announced
BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University head softball coach Jenn Testa has announced the dates for the summer camps at King. There will be four different sections, starting with hitting and youth camps in the middle of June. The camps will end with pitcher/catcher and advanced skills camps at the end of the month.

April 21, 2013
Tornado fall to Mount Olive in extras
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The top two seeds of the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament squared off in an elimination game that turned into a pitcher’s duel on Sunday morning. Neither no. 2 Mount Olive College, nor top seed King University wanted to give in as the game went to the 10th inning with no score. The Trojans finally broke through in the 10th to take the pitcher’s duel 2-0.

April 20, 2013
Smith keeps Tornado alive with two-run single
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Following a marathon 12 inning loss, the King University softball faced Pfeiffer University in an elimination game. The Tornado finally broke into the scoring column in the sixth inning on a Hannah Smith single as King staved off elimination with a 2-0 victory.

April 20, 2013
Tornado drop pitcher's duel to Coker
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The King University softball team took on Coker College in a Conference Carolinas winners bracket game that turned into a pitcher’s duel. Neither team could get any offense until Coker pushed across a run in the 12th inning to escape with a 1-0 victory.

April 20, 2013
Light highlights King's all-conference awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After winning the regular season Conference Carolinas championship, four King University softball players earned all-conference recognition. Hannah Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year, and first team all-conference. Cassie Ringstaff and Christina Melcher joined her on the first team while Fallon Thomas earned second team honors.

April 19, 2013
Tornado sneak past Pfeiffer in CC Tournament first game
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The top seed King University softball team opened the Conference Carolinas Tournament with a narrow win over Pfeiffer University. The Tornado plated the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the eighth seeded Falcons 2-1.

April 19, 2013
Weather alters Conference Carolinas Tournament
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Due to a rain, the first day of the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament has been postponed. The tournament will resume on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. following the awards banquet.

April 16, 2013
Light, Melcher earn CC weekly awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a week where the King University softball team clinched their first Conference Carolinas regular season championship, two players were honored by the conference. Christina Melcher was named softball player of the week while Hannah Light was named pitcher of the week.

April 16, 2013
Tornado cap regular season with sweep of Erskine
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Having already clinched the Conference Carolinas regular season championship, the King University softball team hosted Erskine College to close out the regular season. The Tornado needed extra innings to take the first game 2-1 before winning game two 6-2 for the sweep.

April 14, 2013
Tornado sweep Belmont Abbey, clinch Conference Carolinas title
BELMONT, N.C. – After sweeping Limestone yesterday, the King University softball team knew they could clinch at least a share of the Conference Carolinas regular season championship with one win at Belmont Abbey College on Sunday or win the title outright with two wins. The Tornado took a narrow 2-1 victory in game one, and followed it with a 4-0 win in game two, clinching their first Conference Carolinas regular season championship.

April 13, 2013
Melcher homers twice, leads King to sweep at Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Coming into the day, the King University softball team led Limestone College by one game in the Conference Carolinas standings, making Saturday’s doubleheader that much more crucial in terms of the conference title. After taking the first game 4-3, Christina Melcher lifted the Tornado to the sweep with a pair of home runs in game two, the second one in the eighth inning of the 4-1 win.

April 10, 2013
Light, Smith lead King past Virginia Intermont
BRISTOL, Tenn. - In their annual game at the Stateline Classic, the King University softball team took a narrow win over Virginia Intermont College. Hannah Light tossed a five-hit shutout, and Hannah Smith hit a two-run home run to give the Tornado the 2-0 win.

April 7, 2013
Light leads King to sweep of Coker
BRISTOL, Tenn. - In a key Conference Carolinas series, the King University softball team swept Coker College on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Bristol. Hannah Light tossed a four-hit shutout in King's 5-0 game-one victory, and Tornado came from behind to take game two 7-2 to stay near the top of the conference standings.

April 6, 2013
King takes split with Queens
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Playing their first home game in nearly three weeks, the King University softball team took on Queens University. The Tornado had to come from behind in game one as Hannah Smith drove in both King runs in the 2-1 victory. King had to come back again in game two, but the Royals bounced back to take the 6-3 win in eight innings.

April 3, 2013
Ringstaff's grand slam leads to sweep at Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Cassie Ringstaff gave the King University softball team a 4-1 win in game one at Lees-McRae College with a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning. The Tornado used that momentum to take the sweep with a 9-1 victory in the night cap.

April 1, 2013
Tusculum takes two walk-off wins from Tornado
GREENVILLE, Tenn. – The King University softball team suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses at Tusculum College on Monday night. The teams played a two eight inning games with Tusculum winning game one 4-3 and game two 11-10.

March 30, 2013
Tornado use longball in sweep of Virginia-Wise
WISE, Va. – The King University softball team stayed on the road for a non-conference doubleheader with the University of Virginia-Wise. The Tornado swept the double dip from the Cavaliers, taking game one 8-3, and following with an 11-9 victory in eight innings.

March 28, 2013
Tornado takes split at Lincoln Memorial
HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University softball team jumped out of conference play to face Lincoln Memorial University on the road. The Tornado came out and took game one 7-5 behind 13 hits from their offense. However, the Railsplitters bounced back to take a 6-2 come-from-behind victory in game two.

March 24, 2013
Erskine, Virginia-Wise rescheduled
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The doubleheader the between King University softball team and Erskine College scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for April 16. Wednesday's doubleheader at Virginia-Wise has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, March 30.

March 21, 2013
Offense powers King to sweep at Young Harris
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The King University softball team rebounded from Wednesday night’s loss by recording 25 hits in their doubleheader sweep at Young Harris College on Thursday afternoon. The Tornado came from behind to take game one 6-4 in 10 innings before exploding for a 9-3 victory in game two.

March 20, 2013
Tornado offense stymied by #20 Columbus State
AMERICUS, Ga. – The King University softball team ran into a hot pitcher on Wednesday night at Columbus State University. The Cougars’ Mollie Russell didn’t allow a hit in the complete game victory as Columbus State defeated King 2-0.

March 19, 2013
Tornado rebound to split at Georgia Southwestern
AMERICUS, Ga. – The King University softball team dropped game one of a nonconference doubleheader at Georgia Southwestern State University, but the Tornado rebounded to take game two. The Hurricanes took game one, but won game two 2-0 behind a complete game shutout by Hannah Light.

March 17, 2013
Offense leads King to sweep of Barton
WILSON, N.C. – The King University softball team rebounded from Saturday’s losses to sweep Barton College on Sunday. The Tornado combined for 23 hits and 16 runs to take both games from the Bulldogs. King took game one 5-3 before cruising to an 11-3 victory in the second game.

March 16, 2013
Mount Olive sweeps doubleheader from King
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University softball team played a pair of close games with Mount Olive College on Saturday. The Trojans came away with a narrow 4-1 win in the first game, and followed that with a slim 3-0 victory in the night cap.

March 14, 2013
LMU sweeps King Softball 6-4, 3-1
Hannah Light strikesout 11 batters in loss

March 12, 2013
King Softball Sweeps Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week Awards
Chrissy Melcher and Hannah Light are named Conference Carolinas Player and Pitcher of the week after team goes 5-1 with a 4-0 conference start over the weekend.

March 10, 2013
King Softball sweeps Pfeiffer 7-0 and 3-1 !
King is now 4-0 in Conf. play and has won 7 of last 9 games !

March 9, 2013
Softball splits with Newberry College 3-1 and 5-7!
Christina Melcher goes 4 of 6 on the day

March 8, 2013
King Softball sweeps N. Greenville 5-3 and 4-2 !!
Light and White each pick up victories on the mound as King is now 2-0 in CC action.

March 6, 2013
King Softball Announces Schedule Change
King University Softball has added a midweek doubleheader to their upcoming schedule.

March 4, 2013
King/Newberry Softball Rescheduled for Saturday
The softball doubleheader between King and Newberry scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 9.

March 3, 2013
LMU drops King Softball 12-11 in extra innings (8).
Christina Melcher and Stephanie Rodriguez each have 3 hits.

March 3, 2013
King defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 5-4 in 8 innings !!
Hannah Light strikes out 6 on her way to win #3 of the season.

February 25, 2013
King Softball Versus Lincoln Memorial Postponed
The King University softball doubleheader versus Lincoln Memorial University has been postponed due to expected rain.

February 24, 2013
King Softball Downs Shepherd at Pioneer Classic
The Lady Tornado offense got on track early to end an eight-game losing streak.

February 23, 2013
King Softball Drops Two at Pioneer Classic
Augusta State defeated King 3-2 in the first game, and the Lady Tornado fell to West Georgia in game two.

February 20, 2013
Softball drops two on the road to Newberry

February 18, 2013
King Drops Twinbill to USC-Aiken
The Tornado softball team dropped a pair of hard-fought games to visiting USC-Aiken this afternoon by scores of 4-1 and 5-0.

February 18, 2013
Lady Tornado Drop Pair of Games to USC Aiken
The King University Softball team lost a pair of games to USC Aiken Monday afternoon, dropping game one 4-1 in nine innings and dropping game two by 5-0 decision at the King University softball complex

February 15, 2013
Lady Tornado Drop Twinbill with Lenior-Rhyne
Freshman Octavia Lewis-Rand slammed her first career home run in King’s game two loss to the Bears. She and Christina Melcher led the team with two hits, each.

February 14, 2013
King Athletics Announces Schedule Alterations
Due to weather and other conflicts, Tornado Athletics has announced multiple schedule alterations for the weekend and next week.

February 14, 2013
USC-Aiken / King Doubleheader Rescheduled for Monday
Saturday’s scheduled game against the USC-Aiken Pacers has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18.

February 12, 2013
White Shuts Down Pioneers in First Career Start, King Splits
Freshman pitcher Morgan White tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout against the Pioneers in King’s split with Tusculum College.

February 11, 2013
King Drops Pair of One-Run Games to Carson-Newman
The Lady Tornado were edged out twice with a pair of wild endings resulting in a 4-3 and 10-9 defeat in extra innings to finish Tuesday’s doubleheader.

February 9, 2013
Lady Tornado Softball Split Doubleheader to Open Season
Hannah Light carried her momentum from last season to start off this season with a complete-game shutout. King fell in the second half of the doubleheader.

February 5, 2013
Lady Tornado Softball Ready to Begin Title Defense
The Lady Tornado was selected third in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll after winning the conference tournament last year.

January 29, 2013
King Softball Third in Conference Preseason Poll
Head Coach Jenn Testa and KU Lady Tornado Softball have been selected to finish third in the 2013 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

September 17, 2012
Defending Softball Champs to Host Two Camps this Fall
The defending Conference Carolinas Tournament Champion Lady Tornado will host softball camps on Oct. 14 and from Nov. 3-4 for youths ages 10 and up.

September 5, 2012
King and Lees-McRae to Begin Battle for Blue Ridge Cup
Beginning in the 2012-13 athletic season King and Lees-McRae College will deepen their rivalry with an annual competition for the Blue Ridge Cup.

August 23, 2012
Burlington Teams with Conference Carolinas to Host Four Spring League Championships
Conference Carolinas has announced that Burlington, N.C. has been selected to host four spring championships in 2012-13.

August 15, 2012
Tornado Names Abundant in D2ADA Academic Awards
King placed 72 student-athletes on the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards list.

July 30, 2012
Softball Camp Postponed; Date to be Announced
Pitchers and Catchers Instructional Camp scheduled for Aug. 11-12 will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date this fall.

July 26, 2012
Committed to Success - King helps athletes excel both on and off the field
Read the KTN's recent front page article highlighting the triumphs of King College student-athletes. (Credit: Pat Kenney, Kingsport Times-News)

July 10, 2012
King to Host Pitcher and Catcher Camp August 11-12
King College will partner with Tusculum College to host a pitchers and catchers camp for athletes 10 and up at the King College Softball Complex.