BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rachael Wilmoth earned her ninth and tenth wins of the season when the King College Lady Tornado softball team took home big wins over the Concord University Mountain Lions, Thursday afternoon. King defeated the Mountain Lions in a pair of run-shortened games, 9-1 and 10-0, at the KC Softball Complex.
GAME ONE: Concord 1, King 9 (F/5)
The King offense came alive and wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard early, posting seven runs in the first two innings of the doubleheader opener against Concord. Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) hit her first of three extra-base hits in the game to add to a RBI single from Kristy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) as part of a three-run first.
The Lady Tornado jumped on Concord starting pitcher Stephanie Howard again in the second inning, paced by Thomas' seventh home run of the season, a two-run dinger that bounced off the top of the fence and over to put King up 7-0 in the second inning.
King added two more runs in the final frame to close out the contest early. Aubrey Hutt reached base when after striking out the Mountain Lion first baseman committed an error on the putout attempt. Stephanie Rodriguez made them pay by legging out a double down the left field line that scored Hutt. Rodriguez scored the game-ending run when she crossed the plate on a ground out to the right side from Cora Milliken, finalizing the game 9-1.
Sophomore pitcher Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) earned a complete game victory, going all five innings in game one and allowing one run (unearned) on five hits. She struck out six Mountain Lion hitters, walked none and retired seven of her final eight batters faced.
Fallon Thomas led the Tornado with a 3-for-3 performance with a trio of ribbies and two runs scored. Rodriguez and Christina Melcher also had two-hit days as a part of nine team base knocks.
GAME TWO: Concord 0, King 10
The Lady Tornado came back for round two and again went up big taking their hacks early. They plated all 10 of their runs in over the first three innings, paced by Kendall Brabson's second home run of the year. The senior from Bean Station, Tenn., belted a three run shot over the right field fence to cap off the four-run first inning.
King took advantage of a pair of errors in the field by Concord, the first allowing Christina Melcher on base and the second allowing her to score on an errant throw. Brabson tallied her fourth RBI of the day with a single to left, scoring Fallon Thomas for the second time and putting King up 6-0 after two.
Thomas returned to the plate in the third and helped deliver the knockout punch serving up the second of three run-scoring singles in the inning. Cassie Ringstaff (Richland, Va.) posted the first, driving a pitch up the middle to score Aubrey Hutt, before Thomas put two more on the board with a single through the left side. Brabson continued with her hot bat, singling to center and scoring her fifth King runner of the day to close out King's 10 unanswered run streak.
Wilmoth took to the circle once again and went three innings in her 10th win of the season. Over her 3.0 innings, she allowed only one hit and struck out five of the 11 batters she faced. Hannah Light matched her strikeout total in her two innings of relief work, striking out the side in the final frame.
King is now 19-11 overall and have won five of their last six games played. They will take to the road with a 6-6 Conference Carolinas record when they return to league play at Queens (N.C.) this Saturday, March 31. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3:00 p.m.. They will return to the King College Softball Complex on Sunday, April 1 to begin an eight-game homestand against Barton College.