Tornado Bests Buffaloes Twice in Rain-Riddled Twinbill
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lady Tornado fought the rains of Mother Nature and the Buffaloes of Milligan College in a rescheduled doubleheader held on Wednesday, April 4. King defeated Milligan 4-0 in game one behind Hannah Light's 12th win of the season and defeated the Buffaloes again, 8-1, in a weather-shortened nightcap.
GAME ONE: Milligan 0, King 4
A pair of perfectly places triples made the difference in game one as both teams went through three scoreless innings before King muddied up the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) led the inning off with a walk and Kristie Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) plated the first run of the game with a blast to right that ended with her on third and Thomas scoring. King increased that lead when Kooch crossed the plate on Cassie Ringstaff's ground out to the right side, taking a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning.
The Lady Tornado took advantage of an error by Milligan third baseman MacKenzie Lilley, whose miscue extended the home half of the sixth long enough for Ringstaff to drive a liner to left center field wall, scoring Kooch. Ringstaff scored on a wild pitch to put King up 4-0.
Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) earned her 12th win of the season on a seven-strikeout performance against the Buffaloes. Through six innings, Light allowed only one runner past first base, that coming in the second when Lilley tripled and the King sophomore struck out the next two hitters swinging.
GAME TWO: Milligan 1, King 8 (F/5)
Game two was interrupted by a weather delay that last nearly one hour, 45 minutes, but the offense was not in short supply despite the excess of rain.
Prior to the rains rolling through Bristol, King jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Cassie Ringstaff belted her second triple of the day to dead center field, scoring two on the play. After the delay concluded, the Lady Tornado put two more on the board on a two-RBI Christy Kooch single to right, scoring Christina Melcher and Cora Milliken and putting King up 5-0.
To add to the damage, Fallon Thomas cranked her eighth home run of the year with a three-run shot in the fourth inning, scoring Melcher and Milliken. King took an 8-0 lead into the fourth. Milligan came up in the fifth and plated one in the top of the frame, but lightning was spotted and with darkness looming the game was called. The game met the minimum innings played and will be considered complete.
Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) battled through the elements and went all five innings, striking out four Buffaloes and allowing only three hits along the way. She retired seven straight from the end of the first through the third inning and struck out three of her four batters in her final two frames of work. The sophomore is now 11-5 on the year.
King improves to 24-12 overall on the year and is now riding a five-game winning streak and has won seven of their last eight games overall. They have now won their last six home games and are now 19-5 (.792) at home this year. They close the current homestand against regional opponent Tusculum College on Monday, April 9. The Lady Tornado and the Pioneers will begin a doubleheader that day at 2:00 p.m. before embarking on the annual Stateline Classic against Virginia Intermont on April 11.