Banner Elk, NC--The Mt. Olive Trojans grabbed two wins from host school Lees-McRae (Banner Elk, NC) in Conference Carolinas women's softball action Saturday afternoon, taking the first 6-1 then winning the second 3-1 in eight innings. The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats slip to 13-15 on the season and 3-9 in league play, while Mt. Olive climbs to 20-13 (6-2).
Mt. Olive 6 LMC 1
The Trojans with a 1-0 lead, broke lose in the top of the fifth scoring five runs off only two hits and an error to take the 6-0 lead against losing pitcher Magen West (Whitney, TX) and relief pitcher Nicole Baxter (Denver, NC). West was credited with only two of the six runs and struck out three batters in a four and a third innings. Baxter struck out an additional two batters in her time on the mound.
The Lady Bobcats were held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when they began to rally. Centerfielder Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) led off with a double followed by a single from West. Zsachlayne Roguska (Port Charlotte, FL) got herself in the scorebook when she lined out scoring Dodson, crediting her with the lone RBI for the game. However, their effort fell short when the Lady Bobcats were not able to sustain the rally.
The Lady Bobcats finished the game with seven hits and an error, while the Trojans were able to convert nine hits into six runs and had no errors for the game. Trojan pitcher Anna Turvin was credited with the win for Mt.Olive.
Mt. Olive 3 LMC 1
The nightcap proved to be a pitcher's battle with former Pitchers of the Week, the Lady Bobcats' Dodson and Mt. Olive's Jenny Jackson, dueling it out and, with the help of the defenses, holding the other squad scoreless through seven innings.
In the top of the eighth, Mt. Olive, with a runner placed on second, used two hits and two errors by the Lady Bobcats to go up 3-0. Lees-McRae's Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC), starting on second, took advantage of a passed ball to advance to third. Roguska, at the plate with a runner in scoring position, doubled, scoring Horner and adding another RBI to her day's tally. The Lady Bobcats were once again stopped short as the next three batters popped up, lined out and struck out, ending the Lady Bobcats chance for the win.
Jackson was credited with the 3-1 win, while Dodson, with seven strike-outs was assigned the loss. Mt. Olive finished with five hits and zero errors while the Bobcats had four hits to go along with four errors.
The Lady Bobcats continue conference play Sunday afternoon at home when they face Belmont Abbey. First pitch is set for 1:00pm.
Pictured: Zsachlayne Roguska