BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team took a pair of Conference Carolinas contests from Southern Wesleyan University on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado took game one 9-3 before taking the lead late and holding on to take the nightcap 4-3.
FINAL SCORE: King 9 Southern Wesleyan 3; King 4, Southern Wesleyan 3
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 22-14, 8-2 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 6-27, 3-11 Conference Carolinas
- Kaycee Casteel started the day with a 4-for-4 performance with two runs scored in game one. She also made a pair of diving plays in left field.
- Summer Hayes had a standout day, going 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. She went 3-for-3, driving in one and scoring once in game two.
- On the day, Jennifer Kern recorded four hits, including a 3-for-3 performance with two runs scored in the opener.
- Olivia Lawson drove in five runs on the day, including three in game one. Two of her three hits were doubles.
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME ONE
- The Tornado offense threated to score with a pair of runners in the second inning, but couldn't push any runs across.
- King broke through in the third inning when Hayes started the frame with a bunt single. Hannah Devotie followed with a bunt single and Hannah Riddle drove in Hayes with a single through the right side.
- Lawson later drove in a pair with a double to left center and Morgan Lowe gave King a 5-0 lead when she dropped down a bunt to scored Casteel.
- The Warriors cut into their deficit in the fifth inning when they got a pair of runners on an error and a walk. Lizzie Fela then laced a three-run home run to left center, pulling Southern Wesleyan within 5-3.
- However, King answered in the bottom of the inning as Kern started the fame with a double. She later scored on an error and Lowe laced a sacrifice fly to score Casteel and give King a 7-3 advantage.
- King tacked on a pair of runs on run scoring singles from Kay Brokering and Lawson in the sixth inning, and pitcher Emma Hughes made it standup as she finished her 11th complete game of the season.
Winning Pitcher: Emma Hughes (12-4) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Josie Edwards (4-10) 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME TWO
- The Warriors threatened in the top of the first inning, putting runners on second and third, but King pitcher Raven Allender got out of the jam with a groundout and fly out.
- That was as close as either team would come to scoring until the fifth inning when Southern Wesleyan broke through. Alex Oliver started the inning with a double and later scored on a Sara Sweatt single up the middle.
- Hayes tried to get the offense going in the bottom of the inning, lacing a one-out single to right field. She later scored on a Riddle triple to right center, evening the score at 1-1.
- The Tornado grabbed the lead in the sixth inning when Lawson ripped a double down the left field line that scored a pair.
- Hayes later laced a double to left field, scoring Danielle Parks and giving King a 4-1 lead going to the seventh inning.
- The Warriors didn't go away easily, loading the bases with a single and a pair of walks in the seventh.
- A sacrifice fly scored one run, and another came in on a wild pitch as the tying run advanced to third base.
- However, Allender induced a foul out to end the game and give King the 4-3 victory.
- The complete game for Allender was her first career complete game.
Winning Pitcher: Raven Allender (2-0) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Lucy Wolff (1-7) 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Fela led the way in game one, going 2-for-3 with a three-run home run.
- In game two it was Sara Sweatt that went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot.
- Alex Oliver went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the nightcap.
- The Tornado travel to take on Lees-McRae College on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Banner Elk, N.C.
- Southern Wesleyan next travels to take on Pfeiffer University on Friday afternoon.