April 17, 2019
Softball Dealt Two Tough Losses by Newberry
SALISBURY, N.C. -- In a match up of first place teams, Newberry swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader with host Catawba on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Wolves took over first place in the league with wins of 12-10 and 5-2. Newberry moved to 29-13 overall and 11-7 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fell to 22-19 and 9-9.
Catawba controlled most of the opener, leading 9-2 after three innings. Gracie Gibson had the big early blow with a grand slam to cap a five-run second.
Newberry got back in the game in the fifth, scoring four times with two outs. Reagan Glanz had a two-run single to make it 9-7. Jordan Dean singled home a run in the Catawba fifth and the Lady Indians took a 10-7 lead to the final frame.
In the seventh, Newberry again struck with two outs. Sierrah McCarthy nearly ended the game, but after diving for a soft pop up to first the ball trickled out and allowed Newberry to load the bases. Rachel Marion drew a walk to force home a run then Chelsey Cunningham connected on a grand slam to put the Wolves up 12-10.
Taylor Martin had three hits for Catawba in the opener. Dean had two hits and two RBI, while Gibson drove in five. The teams combined for 27 hits. Hannah Davis and Julia Bomhardt had three hits for Newberry.
The offenses were tempered in the night cap with only a single run over the first six innings. Haley Simonds had the RBI with single to drive in McKenzie Barneycastle, who had opened the frame with a double.
Newberry used a Catawba error to plate four runs in the sixth, three of which would be unearned. Rachel Marion followed the error with a two-run double and with two outs Natalie Willis singled home two more.
Catawba got on the board in the seventh as Summer Howerton hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer. The Lady Indians managed four hits in game two. Brooke Walser (6-7) threw the complete game in taking the loss. Only two of the runs allowed were earned and she fanned four.
Selice Daley, who closed out game one, got the win in game two to improve to 11-6. She struck out four. Willis and Barneycastle each had two hits.
Catawba closed out the regular season on Saturday, hosting Lincoln Memorial for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
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