Banner Elk, NC--The Lady Bobcats recovered to claim a 3-2 win over the visiting UVA-Wise Lady Cavs Wednesday afternoon after falling 12-1 in the game one. With the split against the non-conference opponent the Lady Bobcats are 19-19 over and remain 8-12 in conference play.
The Lady Bobcats struggled with pitching in the first contest of the day, with head coach Julie Kennedy resorting to using all available pitchers in an attempt to stymie the bats of the Lady Cavs. In the offensive onslaught, the Lady Cavs scored 12 runs on 17 hits with five doubles and a homerun in the game.
Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) pitched the first four innings of the game and handed the ball over to Lauren Gisler (Peachtree City, GA) with the score tied 1-1 and after walking the first batter of the inning. Gisler managed to get a batter out before Magen West (Whitney, TX) took over on the mound. The Lady Bobcats got out of the inning after allowing three runs to score.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Cavs added two more runs to their tally this time with Nicole Baxter (Denver, NC) on the mound. In the seventh UVA-Wise broke lose scoring six runs on five hits to take the 12-1 win.
The Lady Bobcats' only score came in the second inning, when three walks and an error allowed Paula Fryar to cross the plate. Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, NC) and Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC) had the only hits for Lees-McRae.
Lees-McRae scored three runs in the top of the first to grab the early lead in game two, taking full advantage of errors on part of the Lady Cavs. Baxter reached on an error, then advanced to second on a sacrifice by Carter. A single from Fryar advanced Baxter to third. After Fryar stole second, junior Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC) doubled, gaining an RBI when Baxter crossed the plate. West reached on an error by the third baseman, scoring another two runs in the process.
West returned to the mound to pitch a complete seven inning game, striking out three batters while allowing a solo homerun in the top of the second. The Lady Cavs were able to convert two hits to a single run in the fifth, but quality pitching and a strong defense by the Lady Bobats allowed Lees-McRae to hold on for the 3-2 win.
The Lady Bobcats will take to the field again Friday, April 11, when they host Chowan. The doubleheader is set to begin at noon.
Pictured: Magen West