Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats dropped two close games to visiting Anderson University in Conference Carolinas women's softball action Thursday afternoon. The Lady Trojans, ranked #1 offensively in the conference, shut out the Lady Bobcats in the doubleheader winning both 2-0. With the win Anderson improves to 7-1 in league play (15-9 overall) while Lees-McRae falls to 3-7 (13-13 overall).
Freshman Magen West (Whitney, TX) pitched a tremendous complete game, giving up only two earned runs against a strong offensive team. Defensively the Lady Bobcats continue to improve, allowing only two runs to score despite the fact that the Lady Trojans had ten hits in the first game.
Anderson got on the board in the top of the third when Elisa Sebastyn scored off a double by Meredith Knox. In the sixth Kayla Thrasher opened with a homer to give the Lady Bobcats the 2-0 lead they maintained to the end.
The Lady Bobcats were held to just two hits against winning pitcher Deer. Leftfielder Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) and first baseman Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC) each produced a hit in the game.
Amanda Dodson headed to the mound, striking out six batters in the seven inning effort. Again the Lady Bobcats' defense provided tremendous support, allowing only two runs again off of eight hits. However, the offense continued to struggle, producing only two hits again with Dodson getting her second of the day and junior Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC) hitting her first.
The Lady Bobcats held the Lady Trojans scoreless through four innings before Knox doubled again, this time driving in two runs to give Anderson the 2-0 lead. With both teams held scoreless for the remainder of the game, Anderson captured their second 2-0 win of the afternoon.
"A lot of things look are coming together for us right now so these losses are difficult to understand. We are playing together as a team defensively, our pitching is improving and the team is showing much tenacity, composure, perseverance and fight. We just have to find a way to hit to our capability or at least manufacture some runs to give us a chance for success," commented Coach Julie Kennedy.
The Bobcats remain at home this weekend hosting Conference Carolinas opponents Mt. Olive College on Saturday and Belmont Abbey College Sunday. Both doubleheaders are set to begin at 1:00pm.
Pictured Top Left: Amanda Dodson Bottom Upper: Salle'
Horner Bottom Lower: Amanda Dodson