BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team knew they were in for a pair of tough Conference Carolinas contests on Saturday when they hosted North Greenville University. The opening contest went to extra innings with the Crusaders taking the game 5-2 in eight innings. The Tornado offense exploded in game two, and held on late, taking the game 9-7 for the split.
FINAL SCORE: North Greenville 5, King 2 (F/8); King 9, North Greenville 7
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 20-14, 6-2 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 24-16, 10-4 Conference Carolinas
- Kay Brokering led the way for the Tornado offense, going 4-for-8 on the day, including 2-for-4 and driving in four in game two.
- Olivia Lawson and Michaela Morris also drove in two apiece.
- Hannah Riddle and Hanna Devotie each scored a pair of runs on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME ONE
- Heather Wade started the contest with a double and later scored on a Megan Johnson sacrifice fly to put the Crusaders ahead.
- However, King answered in the bottom of the first inning as Devotie led off with an infield single. She later stole third base and scored as the throw went off the batter's helmet and into left field, evening the tally at 1-1.
- North Greenville had base runners in nearly every inning, but Tornado pitcher Emma Hughes escaped each jam.
- In the second inning, Hughes stranded Crusaders on second and third and in the fifth inning the Crusaders left runners on the corners.
- King threatened in the fifth inning, but Crusader pitcher Amanda Coffrin left Tornado runners on first and second.
- The score remained even at 1-1 through seven innings until the North Greenville offense erupted in the eighth inning.
- The Crusaders plated one run before Kaitlyn Wagers ripped a two-run home run off the scoreboard. North Greenville added another run to take a 5-1 advantage.
- In the bottom of the inning, Riddle drove in Lawson, but that was all King could push across as the Crusaders took the game 5-2.
Winning Pitcher: Coffrin (12-8) 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Losing Pitcher: Hughes (11-4) 8.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME TWO
- King struck first in the nightcap when Riddle laced a triple down the right field line. She later scored on a two-out single from Morris, putting the Tornado on top.
- The Tornado offense exploded for seven runs, all coming with two outs in the second inning.
- Brokering came up with the first big hit, a three-run double to right center. Lawson later gave King an 8-0 lead with a two-run single down the right field line.
- The Crusaders got on the board in the third inning with run scoring hits from Shayna Finley and Wade, cutting their deficit to 8-2.
- Brokering answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out single up the middle, scoring Devotie to stretch the lead to 9-3.
- North Greenville didn't go away as they plated four more runs in the fourth inning. Johnson highlighted the inning with a two-run single up the middle, cutting the King lead to 9-6.
- The score remained the same until the seventh inning when the Crusaders plated one on a Morgan Roach double to center field.
- The Crusaders then had runners on the corners before Tornado pitcher Raven Allender caught a line drive back to her. She then doubled up the runner at first, giving King the 9-7 victory.
Winning Pitcher: Allender (1-0) 3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Losing Pitcher: Anna Rogers (0-3) 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Grace DeBoer posted four hits on the day, going 3-for-3 in game one.
- Kate Lee also recorded four hits, including 3-for-4 in the opening contest.
- Johnson drove in four runs, two in each game.
- Finley recorded three hits on the day, including two in game two when she scored twice.
- King returns to the diamond on Sunday for Senior Day at 1:00 p.m. when they host Southern Wesleyan University at 1:00 p.m.
- North Greenville travels to Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday.