Softball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial on Senior Day

Whitesides sets new career hit record in regular season finale


SALISBURY, NC -- Three Catawba seniors, Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC/E. Rowan HS), Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL/Mitchell HS) and Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC/Homeschool) enjoyed their final home games in helping the Lady Indians to a sweep of a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 8-0 and 7-2 to improve to 23-17 overall and 10-6 in the SAC.  The Lady Railsplitters fall to 15-23 and 2-12.

The trio of seniors all took part in the Catawba scoring.  Baker nearly hit for the cycle in the opener, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and a triple.  Markham had a hit and scored a run in the second game, while Whitesides went 3-for-3 in game two and became the school’s all-time hit leader with 185.

Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) got things started for Catawba in the opener with a two-run homer in the first inning.  Baker, who had singled and scored on the Marshall homer, extended the lead to 4-0 with a two-run triple in the second.

The Lady Indians scored four unearned runs in the fourth.  Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS) tripled home a pair of runs with two outs, while Marshall and Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) followed with run-scoring hits.

Meghan Cobb (Richmond, VA/Bird HS) tossed the shutout for Catawba in the five-inning win.  She scattered seven hits and got out of bases loaded jams in both the fourth and fifth frames.

Lincoln Memorial struck first in the second game.  Ashley Knight (Palm Harbor, FL) delivered a two-out single to plate Jackie Adams (Columbus, OH) for a 1-0 lead.  Catawba answered in its first on a two-out, two-run double by Whitesides that broke the school mark for hits.

Catawba added three more runs in the third.  Marshall doubled home one run and then hit a solo home run in the fourth for a 6-1 edge.  Kris Landenburg (Canal Winchester, OH) pulled LMU a run closer with a RBI single in the fifth then Marshall capped a six-RBI afternoon with a single in the sixth.  Chelsea Wallace (Danville, KY/Danville HS) improved to 9-3 with the win.  She allowed the two runs off eight hits.

Marshall had five hits, two homers, six RBI and scored four runs for Catawba in the doubleheader.  Baker and Whitesides each had four hits.  Devin Sponseller (Delaware, OH) had two hits in each game for Lincoln Memorial.  Knight had two hits in game two, while Sara Henn (Kettering, OH) and Joy Grills (West Salem, OH) had two hits in the opener.

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