Late Rally by Softball Falls Short in Season-Ending Loss


MARSHVILLE, NC -- Wingate held off a late rally by Catawba to stay alive in the elimination bracket of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Forest Hills High School.  The Bulldogs claimed an 8-7 win to improve to 34-14.  The Catawba Indians end their season at 29-24.

Catawba grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first.  Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS) led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a two-out single by Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS).  That would be the only lead for the Lady Indians as Wingate scored twice in the second, picked up two more in the third and scored three in the fourth to go up 7-2.

Four straight two out hits in the second put Wingate on top and Joya Wortham added a two-out, two-run double in the third for a 4-2 lead.  Brittany Loudermilt picked up a two-run single with two outs in the fourth to stretch the advantage to 7-2.  Catawba began to rally back, but came up a run short.

The Lady Indians got two runs back in their fourth on a pinch-hit single by Kristyn Funderburke (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) and a RBI from Geouge.  Wingate got one more two-out RBI in the sixth before the final Catawba push in the seventh.

Callie Gordy (Oak Ridge, NC/NW Guilford HS) and Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS) opened the Catawba seventh with singles before Marshall popped up.  Brittney Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) reached on an error that forced in a run and Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) followed with a sacrifice fly to trim the deficit to 8-6.

Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) got home the final Lady Indian run with a single, but Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) lined out to third to end the game.  Justice and Gordy led the 10-hit Catawba attack with two hits apiece. 

Wingate collected 12 hits, three each by Loudermilt and LaRonda McClain.  Loudermilt drove in three runs.  Wortham had two hits and two RBI.  The Bulldogs overcame six errors with Allison Smith getting the win in relief.  She allowed five runs (two earned) off seven hits in six innings.

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