Dean Connects on Grand Slam, But Softball Drops Two to Limestone


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba fell twice to visiting Limestone in a softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. Limestone rallied to win the opener 6-5 in eight innings then posted a 2-0 win in game two. The Saints improve to 4-0, while the Catawba Indians fall to 2-2.

Catawba jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opener after Jordan Dean’s grand slam in the bottom of the first. The Saints took advantage of a Lady Indian error to score three times in the third and tied the game 5-5 with two runs in the fifth. In the extra frame, the Saints pushed across their placement runner, while Catawba failed to get a run in.

Dean had two of Catawba’s six hits in the game. Preston Ellenberg and Madison Hunter (0-1) each tossed four innings and allowed three runs. Only one against Ellenberg was earned and two off Hunter. Hunter fanned five and Ellenberg four.

Audra Butler had two hits and drove in the tying run on a two-out hit in the fifth. Madison Chappell and Lindsey Mason also had two hits with Mason scoring twice. Ruthie Jackson plated the run in extra innings on a sacrifice fly. Chloe Thomas (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings of relief and allowed one hit to earn the win. Caroline Ruth struck out two in a perfect eighth to notch the save.

Ruth (2-0) allowed just one hit over five and two-thirds innings as the Jaguars posted the shutout in game two. Sydney Sullivan allowed a hit over her inning and a third for the save.

The Saints had just five hits, but started the game with two singles and went on top on a fielder’s choice by Ruth. The other run came in the sixth on a home run by Chappell.

Sydney Goertzen beat out an infield grounder in the sixth to break up a no-hit bit. Kayla Pedersen had a hit in the seventh. Brooke Walser (1-1) took the loss, allowing just two runs off five hits. She walked none and struck out three.

Catawba returns to action at home this weekend. The Lady Indians host UNC Pembroke on Saturday and Virginia State on Sunday. Both doubleheaders start at 1 pm.

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