BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a week where the King University softball team clinched their first Conference Carolinas regular season championship, two players were honored by the conference. Christina Melcher was named softball player of the week while Hannah Light was named pitcher of the week.
The sophomore may have come up with the two biggest hits of King's season. The Orlando, Fla., native blasted a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning of game two at Limestone College, and then hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give King the 3-1 lead. The Tornado went onto win the game 4-1 and take the sweep from the home standing Saints. In game two against Limestone, the shortstop went 3-for-4 with one double, two home runs, and drove in three. Melcher capped the week with another 3-for-4 performance at Belmont Abbey, helping give King the outright Conference Carolinas championship with the 4-0 win. She laced two doubles and drove in two runs in the game. Melcher hit a blistering .500 for the week with two home runs, three doubles and a team-high five runs batted in. She was also successful on her only stolen base attempt of the week, and scored four runs.
The junior from Coeburn, Va., tossed 34 of King's 36 innings while going a perfect 5-0 last week. She posted her fifth shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over Virginia Intermont College where she allowed five hits, and only one runner to reach second base. In a key Conference Carolinas doubleheader at Limestone, Light only allowed two earned runs in 15 innings of work. She then clinched the conference title for the Tornado with a complete game in King's first game at Belmont Abbey before earning the win with five innings for work in the nightcap. For the week, Light had an ERA of 0.62 and struck out 26 in 34 innings. She only allowed 22 hits and five runs, three earned.
The Tornado wrap up regular season play on Tuesday afternoon against Erskine College. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., on King's campus. King will then be the top seed when they try to win their second consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Burlington, N.C.