Softball Rallies For A Pair of Wins Over #17 Bloomsburg


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got homers from Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) and Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) in sweeping a doubleheader from 17th-ranked Bloomsburg in softball action on Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Field.  Catawba won the opener 5-4 in 11 innings then claimed a 5-3 win in game two.  The Catawba Indians improve to 21-9, while the visiting Huskies fall to 10-4.

Down 4-2 in the ninth inning of the opener, Gibbs pulled Catawba even with a two-run homer to extend the game.  In the 11th, Gibbs opened the inning with a sacrifice bunt which was followed by a game-winning single by Justice.

Gibbs had singled in a run in the first for an early Catawba lead that was erased by Chrissy Belko’s leadoff homer for Bloomsburg in the second.  Belko gave the Huskies a 2-1 edge on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.  Catawba answered that run in its sixth on a sacrifice fly by Justice.

Bloomsburg grabbed a 4-2 lead in the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Mandy Leach.  Gibbs led off the ninth with her home run to tie it, scoring Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville) who started the frame at second in the extra-inning tiebreaker rule.

Gibbs had three hits in the opener, while Justice had two.  The duo knocked in all five Lady Indian runs.  Emily Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS) claimed the win to improve to 11-2.  She allowed seven hits over the 11 innings.  She gave up two earned runs, walking none and striking out seven.

Leach had two hits and two RBI for Bloomsburg, while Belko also had a pair of RBI and scored twice.  Cait Paine took the loss with only two of the runs earned.  She walked one and fanned 14.

Catawba rallied for three runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to earn the sweep.  The Lady Indians tied the game when Burgess scored on an error then took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS).  Murray survived a two-out error in the seventh and struck out the final batter to even her mark at 7-7.

A solo home run by Sam Pientack gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but Justice clubbed a two-run homer in the Catawba fourth to put the Lady Indians up 2-1.  Kayla McHale tied for Bloomsburg in the sixth with a single and the Huskies took the lead on an error.

Gibbs added two more hits in the second game and scored twice.  Pientack and McHale each had two hits for Bloomsburg.  Murray allowed eight hits and just one earned run in the complete game.  She walked none and struck out four. 

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