Banner Elk, NC--Lees-McRae swept a doubleheader against the visisting Chowan Hawks Friday afternoon in non-conference women's softball action. The Lady Bobcats, with the score knotted at 2-2, held the Hawks scoreless in the eighth, then capitalized on an error to score the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. The Lady Bobcats won game two 10-2 in five innings. Lees-McRae is now 21-19 overall while Chowan falls to 20-26 on the season.
"I'm so proud of the way we are playing together and finding a way to win ballgames. We are going to keep working as hard as we can in preparation for the conference tournament next weekend," Coach Julie Kennedy commented after the wins.
Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC) led off the game with single, advancing to second on an error by the Hawks' leftfielder. Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC), batting second, fired off another single, scoring Horner before the Hawks ended the Lady Bobcats turn at bat. In the third inning the Bobcats added another run after Horner led off with a double. Dodson, credited with a sacrifice, advanced to Horner to third. Freshman Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC) then flied out to centerfield, gaining an RBI when Horner scored for the second time in the game to put the Lady Bobcats up 2-0.
Lauren Gisler (Peachtree City, GA) pitched 4.1 innings, holding the Hawks scoreless through the first four innings, but allowing two hits and a sacrifice before handing the ball over to sophomore pitcher Dodson. The Hawks would score two in the fifth to knot the score.
With neither team able to score in the remaining innings, the game went into extra innings in the international style of play. Lees-McRae kept Chowan from scoring in the top of the eighth with a big double play by rightfielder Magen West (Whitney, TX). The Lady Bobcats began with Coleman placed on second. Coleman stole third when Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, NC) struck out swinging. After West popped out to the short stop, Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC) came through with a big clutch single to win the game for the Lady Bobcats.
The Lady Bobcats scored three runs on six hits and four errors by Chowan while the Hawks were only able to generate two runs on three hits. Dodson was credited with the win.
With freshman Magen West on the mound for the five inning game and solid defense on the part of the Lady Bobcats once again, the Hawks were only able to score two runs on five hits. The runs came in the fourth when, with a runner on base, Woodrum homered. It would be the only time the Hawks would cross the plate in game two.
However, the bats were hot for the Lady Bobcats as they had eleven hits in only four innings at the plate. After scoring three runs in the first inning, the Lady Bobcats added six more runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Lees-McRae added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 10-2.
Eight of the Lady Bobcats recorded hits in game two. Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, FL) and Elaine Beavers (Lebanon, VA) both had a pair of hits and were credited with an RBI, while catcher Coleman hit a single and a double to drive in four runs in the contest. Horner, West, Carter, and Gisler all added both a hit and an RBI to their season totals as well. Also getting a hit was third baseman Paula Fryar, who also played a defensive role in the game when she got the last Hawk out in the game.
West, who went the distance, was credited with the win.
The Bobcats play their last games of the regular season Saturday, April 12, hosting Virginia Intermont College at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. The Lady Bobcats will then have a few days to prepare for the Conference Carolinas Tournament which begins the following weekend.
Pictured: Paula Fryar