March 30, 2019
Softball Splits Doubleheader With Anderson
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba and visiting Anderson split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Indians picked up a an 8-7 win in nine innings to claim the opener, while Anderson took game two 5-4. The Catawba Indians stand at 17-14 overall and 5-5 in the SAC, while the Trojans are 20-14 and 4-6.
Catawba rallied from behind three times before winning the opener. Sierrah McCarthy’s squeeze bunt plated Leah Huggins for the winning run in game one. Catawba had come back from deficits of 4-0, 6-4 and 7-6.
A pair of Anderson home runs had the visitors up 4-0 after half an inning. Huggins doubled home a run in the Catawba first then had a two-run single with two outs in the fourth to tie the game. The Trojans came right back in the fifth to go up 6-4 on Mattie Hamilton’s second two-run homer of the game.
In the seventh, Huggins led off with a double and went to third on a single by Carlee Brawley. Huggins tagged and scored on a foul out by McCarthy and Gracie Gibson singled home Brawley to tie it. Both teams scored a run in the eight before Catawba won it in the ninth.
Huggins led Catawba at the plate with three hits and three RBI. Kaylee Cook and Sydney Goertzen had two hits with Cook scoring three runs. Madison Hunter (8-4) to the win in relief. She threw the final five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with four strikeouts.
Hamilton had three hits and four RBI for Anderson. Morgan Charter had two hits and two RBI. Kayla Pepper (8-10) took the loss in the circle.
It was Anderson who rallied in game two, scoring twice in the seventh to snag the win. Harlie Duncan (12-4) picked up the win as she allowed just five hits and fanned five. Charter had two more hits in the win and knocked in the winning run with two outs in the seventh.
An error allowed Catawba to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Anderson got off the deck with three in the fifth, but Catawba answered right back with three to regain the lead. The Lady Indians struck with two outs on RBI hits from Taylor Martin, Jordan Dean and Huggins.
Dean had two of Catawba’s five hits. Brooke Walser (4-6) took the loss. She gave up eight hits but fanned nine in the complete game.
Catawba travels to Wingate on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
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