Mars Hill, NC--The Lees-McRae women's softball team knew they had a challenge ahead of them when they headed to Mars Hill, NC to take on the 18-3 Mars Hill College Lions Sunday afternoon. Though the Lady Bobcats battled to stay in the games they were unable to score against the Lions and fell 3-0, then 1-0. With the win Mars Hill improves to 20-3 while the Lady Bobcats fall to 10-8 (1-3 Conference Carolinas).
In the bottom of the first, pitcher Lauren Gisler (Peachtree City, GA) faced four batters, allowing two hits and two runs with no outs before being relieved by freshman Magen West (Whitney, TX). West, stepping into a tough situation, put out a nice performance, pitching a full six innings while giving up only three hits, with one run scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Lees-McRae also had two errors in the game, one coming in the fifth.
However, though getting two hits from Nicole Baxter (Denver, NC) and Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC), the Lady Bobcats were unable to score against the pitchers Tiffany Farthing and Paige Brantley and the Lions errorless defenders and succumbed to Mars Hill 3-0.
The Lady Bobcats showed their perseverance and resilience in game two, holding the Lions scoreless through seven innings. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) struck out 11 batters while giving up four hits in the seven plus inning game.
Offensively the Lady Bobcats put up three hits but were unable to convert those hits into runs scored. Getting hits in game two were Dodson, Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, FL), and pinchhitter West.
"We were excited about playing Mars Hill well but disappointed that our bats didn't come through when we needed them," commented Coach Kennedy. "A lot of things are coming together for us- we just need to find the intrinsic motivation to improve at the plate."
The Lady Bobcats will resume play on Friday, March 7 when they travel to Wise, VA to take on UVA-Wise in non-conference action.
Pictured: Amanda Dodson