February 22, 2017
Walser's Near No-Hitter Highlights Softball's Split With Limestone
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba split a softball doubleheader with visiting Limestone on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Indians claimed a 5-1 win in the opener, while the Saints prevailed 10-2 in game two. Catawba now stands at 5-12 on the year. Limestone is 11-3.
Freshman Brooke Walser (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson) threw six no-hit innings before finally surrendering a double to start the seventh. She would improve to 3-3, allowing a run on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
After walking the bases loaded in the first, Walser put together a stretch of 10 straight outs before an error to start the fifth. Catawba took the lead in the fourth on a two-out single by Lynnsey Taylor (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray’s Creek). Leah Huggins (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray’s Creek) added a RBI single in the fifth then the Lady Indians added three in the sixth.
Huggins finished with three hits and a pair of RBI in game one. Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) had two hits and scored twice. Courtney Smith (5-1) suffered her first loss of the season for Limestone.
Limestone benefitted from a pair of Catawba errors in the second inning of game two to grab a 2-0 lead. The Saints broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. Catawba committed two more errors in the inning that was capped by a two-run homer by Emma Swearingen. Catawba avoided the shutout on Caroline Turner’s (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston) two-run homer in the fifth.
Josie Weber (4-1) and Bailey Pearson limited Catawba to just two hits in the nightcap. Weber allowed two runs on two hits over five innings, while Pearson gave up one hit in two frames. Kaylee Cook (Kannapolis, N.C./Brown) took the loss for Catawba, although none of the seven runs she allowed were earned.
Catawba returns to action on Friday at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. The lady Indians open with Limestone at noon and face Flagler at 4 pm.
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