March 11, 2010
Softball Sweeps Alderson-Broaddus on Two Walk-Off Hits by Gibbs
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba picked up wins in both ends of a softball doubleheader against visiting Alderson-Broaddus on Thursday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Indians claimed a 9-0 win in the opener then took a thrilling 10-9 win in the nightcap. Catawba improves to 16-9, while the Battlers fall to 0-8.
Freshman Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) provided the final swing in both games. She ended the opener with a grand slam then doubled home the winning run with no outs in the seventh of the nightcap. Gibbs has totaled 45 RBI in the first 25 games and is nearing the record of 56 set by Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) in 2007. She has also belted 10 home runs.
Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) got the win in both games for the Lady Indians. She tossed a six-hit shutout in the opener then pitched two and a third innings of relief in the nightcap. The sophomore improved to 11-1 on the year.
In the opener, Murray got all the support she would need in the first on RBI singles by Brittney Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) and Katie Huggins (Oviedo, FL/Lake Howell HS/Lake Sumter CC). The Lady Indians added three in the second and ended the game on Gibbs’ grand slam in the fifth.
Catawba survived an Alderson-Broaddus rally in the nightcap as the Battlers came back from a 6-1 deficit in the final three innings. Kat Powell’s three-run homer helped A-B pull within 6-5 in the fifth, but Gibbs pushed the Lady Indian edge back to 9-5 with a two-run homer in the Catawba fifth.
The Lady Indians could not get the Battlers out in the seventh until the tying run had scored. With two outs, Lisa Boswell doubled home two runs and Haley Mullen, who had three hits in the opener, singled home the tying run. Catawba answered right back as Marshall led off the Lady Indian seventh with a double and Gibbs followed with her winning hit. Gibbs finished with four hits and eight RBI in the doubleheader.
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