March 23, 2011
Justice Drives in Eight Runs During Softball's Doubleheader Sweep of Anderson
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba pounded out 33 hits and scored 23 run in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Anderson in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. Junior Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) had six hits and accounted for eight RBI in the two games as Catawba won 10-4 and 13-5. The Catawba Indians improve to 19-13 overall and 2-2 in the SAC, while the Trojans fall to 19-10 and 1-3.
Anderson struck quickly for a 4-0 lead in the opener. Danielle Swygert (Fairburn, GA), who reached on an error to start the first, scored from third on a throwing error to put the Trojans up 1-0. With two outs, Charlotte Sieber (Dacula, GA) and Kinsley Duncan (Pendleton, SC) doubled home runs then Brooke Lucas (Rock Hill, SC) capped the frame with a RBI single.
Catawba pitcher Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) settled down after the shaky first inning. After a pair of one out walks in the second, the junior sat down the final 17 Trojan batters and improved to 10-7. She allowed four hits, walked three and fanned seven.
The Lady Indians busted through in the third, putting up nine runs. Kayla Myers (Bryson City, NC/Swain Co. HS) doubled home a run to get Catawba on the board and with one out Justice doubled home two more. Molly Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) doubled home the tying run and Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Catawba went on to tack on four more in the inning. Casey Baucom (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS), Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS), Myers and Justice singled home the runs. The Lady Indians pounded out 15 hits in the win with Sabat, Myers and Justice each collecting three each.
The Catawba bats stayed hot in the nightcap, jumping to a 13-1 lead after three innings. Justice delivered three more hits and drove in five, while Myers had two hits and scored three times. Kovalcin and Khourtni Hester (Waldorf, MD/McDonough HS) each had three hits in game two.
Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) had one-out doubles to spark Catawba to its outbursts in the first two innings. Myers singled her in and later scored herself on a single by Justice as the Lady Indians led 3-0 after an inning.
Laura Jansky (Kennesaw, GA) hit a solo home run for Anderson in the second, but Catawba came right back with four more runs. Justice and Kovalcin each had two-run singles. Hester had a two-run single and Justice a two-run double in a six-run third that pushed Catawba on top 13-1. Anderson scored four times in the fifth, three on a home run by Abby Child (LaGrange, GA), but the Lady Indians were able to get the final out to post the win.
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