Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats softball team hosted their first games of the season on Friday, defeating the visiting King College Tornado 7-6, 11-6 in the doubleheader. The wins improve the Lady Bobcats record to 6-0, while the Tornado fall to 0-3.
In the 11:00am game it was junior short stop Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC) setting the pace for the Lady Bobcats. Horner, who hit a double and a triple in the game, also garnered 4 RBIs. On the mound it was sophomore Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) going the distance. Dodson and classmate Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC) both had homeruns in the first game on their home field with Dodson's coming in the bottom of the first and Fryar's in the third. The Lady Bobcats held the Tornado to one run in the top of the 7th to secure the 7-6 victory.
In the second game of the day, freshman Magen West (Whitney, TX) headed to the mound, pitching a complete game, supported by an active defense. On the offensive side West added three hits herself, including a double and an RBI, in the winning effort.
The Lady Bobcats had 12 hits, including a home run from Horner and three doubles from West, Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC), and Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, FL). The Lady Bobcats also took advantage of the Tornado defense, stealing three bases in the game. After giving up five runs in the first two innings Lees-McRae allowed only one run in the remaining five innings to grab their second win of the day at 11-6.
The Lady Bobcats hit the road Saturday, February 9th traveling to Southern Wesleyan in Central, SC for an afternoon doubleheader.
Pictured: Salle' Horner