Early runs lead Limestone past Lees-McRae

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Rain delays are never fun to sit through, but if you end up winning the game it’s well worth it. The top seed Limestone College Softball team came out on top after more than three hours of delays in the first round Conference Carolinas Tournament contest, topping Lees-McRae 3-1.

The Bobcats (9-35) jumped on top in the first inning as Sarah Stallings started the game with a single to left field. She then advanced to third on a fielding error to put runners on the corners before scoring on squeeze play that turned out to be a bunt single.

However, Limestone (29-16) had an answer in the bottom half of the inning. Sam Thornton stared a one-out rally with a single to second base before advancing to third on a groundout. Alycia Stiles followed with a single up the middle to score Thornton and even the score at 1-1 after one.

Following a 43 minute delay, Leea Polin started another rally for the Saints with a single to center. Following a pair of outs, Paige Bolding laced a double to left field to score Polin before Ashley Cox drove her in with an infield single to give Limestone the 3-1 lead after two innings.

The Saints threatened to tack on more runs in the third around another delay, but the Bobcats escaped further damage by leaving a pair of runners on base. The Lees-McRae offense tried to spark a comeback in the fourth as Taylor Billings started the frame with a ground rule double to center. After a walk put two runners on, Limestone pitcher Taylor Wigmore got a strikeout before the Bobcats laced a single down the left field line. It looked as though a run would score; she was cut down at the plate by the Saint defense. Wigmore then induced a groundout to escape the jam and keep Limestone in the lead.

From that point, both pitchers settled in, only allowing five hits over the final four innings as Limestone took the game 3-1.

Wigmore allowed just on the one unearned run on seven hits in seven innings of work for Limestone. Bolding led the Saint offense going 2-for-2 with one runs scored and one run batted in. Sadie Lagle led the Bobcat offense going 2-for-3.

With the win, Limestone will face fourth seed Mount Olive at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in the winner’s bracket.