King Softball Drops Two at Pioneer Classic

Augusta State defeated King 3-2 in the first game, and the Lady Tornado fell to West Georgia, 7-1, in game two.

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Augusta State defeated King, 3-2, in the first game for the Lady Tornado on Saturday at the 2013 Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum.  The Lady Tornado fell to West Georgia, 7-1, in the nightcap.

Game 1: Augusta State 3, King 2

The first game had some offense early as junior Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) hit a sac-fly to drive in junior Macy Shupe (Toledo, Ill.) in the top-of-the-first to give the Lady Tornado a 1-0 lead.  The Jaguars scored a run in the bottom of the frame to knot the game at 1.

In the second, Kristen Mills hit a solo homer to give the Jaguars their first lead at 2-1.  Freshman Hannah Smith (Bristol, Va.) tied the game at 2 with an RBI-single to plate junior Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) in the third.  The Lady Tornado left the bases loaded in the third though.

Neither team could get much more going offensively until Lauren Yeargan hit an RBI-double to give Augusta State a 3-2 lead in the sixth.  The Lady Tornado then went down one-two-three in the seventh to drop the first game.

Starting pitcher, freshman Morgan White (Suwanee, Ga.), went four innings for the Lady Tornado and gave up two runs on five hits and struck out two and picked up a no-decision.  Junior Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) then pitched the final two innings and gave up that lone run in the sixth and gave up three hits overall.  Light took the loss and fell to 1-6 on the season.

Haley Birkle pitched the final five innings for Augusta State and allowed no runs while giving up four hits.  Birkle improved to 1-5 this season.

Game 2: West Georgia 7, King 1

West Georgia scored an unearned run in the top-of-the-first to take a 1-0 advantage.  The Wolves added two more runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

King tried to get back into the game in the bottom-of-the-third as senior Aubrey Hutt (Bristol, Va.) hit an RBI-groundout to plate Thomas to cut the deficit to 3-1.

West Georgia responded with two more runs in the fourth and fifth though to stretch the lead to 7-1.  The Lady Tornado could not get much offense going the rest of the game and lost by that final margin.

Light started game two and went five innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four.  Light fell to 1-7 this season.

Megan Roberts pitched a complete game for the Wolves and gave up just one earned run on four hits.  Roberts also had 14 strikeouts and improved to 2-2.

With the losses, the Lady Tornado dropped to 2-12 on the season.  Their last game at the Pioneer Classic will be tomorrow, February 24 against Shepherd with first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m.