March 18, 2018
Softball Takes Split on the Road Against LMU
HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Catawba spilt on the road at Lincoln Memorial in a softball doubleheader at Neely Field on Saturday afternoon in the league openers. The Lady Indians took game one 10-6. The Railsplitters took the spilt with an 8-7 win in game two in eight innings. The Lady Indians are now 13-14 on the year and 1-1 in conference, while the Railsplitters are 16-8 overall and 1-1 in conference.
Catawba would come out strong in the first scoring eight runs. Delane Smith singled through the left side scoring Allie Baker and Leah Huggins. Jordan Dean singled down the left field line to score Carlee Brawley. Grace Holland would file out to center field to score Smith. Kaylee Cook would double to left center scoring Dean and Taylor Martin. Huggins would double as well scoring Cook. Huggins would score the eight run off a fielding error made by the short stop.
The next set of runs would come from the Railspiltters in the third and fourth inning. Ty-Kella Goins would score after Allie Jones filed out to center field. Ending the third 8-1. Becca Buccellato would hit a fielder’s choice to shortstop scoring Kelsie Hocutt. Goins would single through the right side scoring Buccellato and Teddi Collins. Goins would score off a wild pitch.
Catawba would gather another couple of runs over two innings. Cook scored off a single to the left side from Baker. Baker would single up the middle again in the seventh scoring Huggins. Lincoln Memorial would try and come back with Buccellato tripling done the right line scoring Kaitlyn Walker.
Game two would go into extra innings after Catawba grabbed the lead early on with three runs in the first and two runs in the second. LMU would tie the score gathering one run in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth. Both teams would gain an addition run in the sixth. The score was 6-6 going into overtime.
Catawba would score one run in the eight from Martin flying out to right field; scoring Dean. Hocutt would homer to center field scoring Jones as well for the win. Catawba’s major hit was in game two with Smith hitting a homerun in the first inning.
Preston Ellenberg took the win for Catawba in the first game to improve to 4-1. Brooke Walser took the loss in Game two to fall to 3-8. Brianna Taylor took the loss for the Railsplitters to fall to 7-5 in game one. Game two Justice Smith would take the win to improve 9-3 for the Railsplitters.
Catawba host Lenoir Rhyne for a 2 pm doubleheader.
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