Justice's Two Homers Help Softball to Win Over Augusta State


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba split a pair of games at the Catawba Invitational softball tournament on Friday afternoon at Salisbury Community Park.  The Catawba Indians fell 8-6 to Shippensburg (4-1) in the opener then bounced back to grab a 9-6 victory over Augusta State (10-4).  The Lady Indians are now 7-5.

Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) hit a pair of home runs to help Catawba gain the split in the win over Augusta State.  She led off the third with a homer to give the Lady Indians a 3-2 edge then tied the game at 4-4 with a leadoff shot in the fifth, an opening salvo in what would be a six-run frame.

After Justice’s tying home run, a walk and two singles loaded the bases and Khourtni Hester (Waldorf, MD/McDonough HS) delivered a sacrifice fly for a 5-4 lead.  A pair of balls in the infield produced two more runs before freshman Kayla Myers (Bryson City, NC/Swain Co. HS) doubled home the final two runs of the inning.

Jessica Thornton hit a two-run homer in the seventh as the Jaguars cut the margin to 9-6, which could have made it closer if Casey Baucom’s (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS) relay throw from Sami Santoli (Nesconset, NY/Smithtown West) hadn’t cut down the first out of the frame at the plate.  Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) posted the win as she allowed three runs off seven hits in three and two-thirds innings of relief.

Justice, Myers, Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) and Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) each had a pair of hits for Catawba.  Thornton went 4-for-4 with four RBI for Augusta State, who committed four errors.

Moira Johnsen’s two-run homer in the seventh lifted Shippensburg to a win in the first game.  Catawba had rallied to tie the game in the sixth when Hester’s grounder was misplayed by the Raider shortstop. 

Catawba jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a two-run double by Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) and a two-run homer by Terry in the first.  Five of the first six Shippensburg batters reached in the fourth after Murray had held the Raiders hitless over three frames as Shippensburg tied the score at 4-all.  Four straight runners reached after an out in the fifth which produced a pair of runs to put Shippensburg up 6-4.

Johnsen and Dana Ward each collected three hits for the Raiders.  Chelsea Kendall scattered six hits and struck out eight to post the win.  Gibbs had two hits and three RBI for Catawba.

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