Tornado sweep Concord, Testa earns 200th career win

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team continued their hot streak of late, winning their sixth straight contest and earning head coach Jenn Testa her 200th career win on Wednesday. The Tornado swept a doubleheader from Concord 9-5 in game one and 3-1 in game two.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 9, Concord 5; King 3, Concord 1
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 12-8; Concord 8-8

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kay Brokering led the offense, going 3-for-6 in the twinbill with a pair of doubles. In the nightcap she lace a two-run double in the fifth inning to put King ahead.
  • Hannah Devotie and Jennifer Kern each went 3-for-7 on the day and Devotie scored twice.
  • In game one, Hannah Riddle laced her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot. On the day she went 2-for-5 and scored three runs.
  • Hayley Smothers tossed her third straight complete game, earning the win in game two.

HOW IT HAPPENED GAME ONE

  • Brokering got King on the board early in game one, ripping a two-out double in the bottom of the first inning to score Riddle and put King on top.
  • Concord evened the score in the top of the second inning as Alycea Watson drove in Abby Beatty as the duo ripped back-to-back doubles, evening the score.
  • The Tornado regained the lead in the third inning on Riddle's two-run home run to right center field.
  • The Mountain Lions answered again, taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Concord got RBI singles from Beatty and Watson and an RBI groundout from Allie Reid to take the lead.
  • The score remained the same until the fifth inning when Devotie created the offense for King. She reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and made it to third on a groundout. She then scored on a wild pitch to even the score.
  • Concord regained a 5-4 lead on a Tornado defensive miscue in the top of the sixth.
  • However, King answered with a big inning in the bottom of the sixth. King scored the game-tying run on a Mountain Lion error before Brokering worked a bases loaded walk to put King ahead.
  • Morgan Lowe gave King a 9-5 lead when she laced a two-out double that scored a pair.
  • In the bottom of the inning, Morgan Matthews worked around a one-out single to give King the 9-5 victory.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Matthews (3-3) 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Losing Pitcher: Sarah Herndon (1-3) 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Watson went 2-for-3 and drove in two while Beatty went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in one.
  • Alayna Furr also recorded two hits for the Mountain Lions, going 2-for-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED GAME TWO

  • King took the lead in the second inning of the nightcap as Olivia Lawson laced a two-out double and scored Kaycee Casteel to put the Tornado up 1-0.
  • In the fourth inning, Concord took advantage of a Tornado miscue as Herdon drove in Lauren Lewis with a single, evening the tally.
  • The Mountain Lions threatened with runners on second and third in the fifth inning, but Smothers got out of the jam for the Tornado.
  • In the bottom of the fifth inning, Smothers and Danielle Parks worked consecutive walks to start the inning. Following a pair of outs, Brokering struck with a double, scoring both runners and giving King the 3-1 lead.
  • Smothers made it stand up, only allowing one base runner over the final two innings to give King the 3-1 win.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Smothers (4-3) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Herndon (1-4) 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Herndon led the offense, going 2-for-2 with one run batted in.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • For Testa, she now has 201 career wins as she is in her ninth year at the helm of the King softball program.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Mars Hill University on Thursday, first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Concord will next take on the University of Indianapolis and West Chester University at the PFX Games in Clermont, Fla. On Saturday.