Sunday split for Lady Tornado Softball

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College split a Sunday home softball doubleheader with Mars Hill (N.C.) College as the visitors opened the day with a 6-0 win before the Lady Tornado held on for an 8-6 victory.

The Lady Tornado went to 7-13 after the games which included the first win at the new on-campus field.

In the second game King sent 11 players to the plate in the third inning that resulted in seven runs. A pair of two-run hits provided part of the spark in the inning, a Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) single and Lauren Wilson (Abingdon, Va.) double.

Mars Hill scored two the next half inning after two in the third to make the score 7-4.

Shauna Haga (Blountville, Tenn.) singled to center in the fifth as pinch-runner Aubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) scored an insurance run.

The visitors scored twice in the final inning and the tying run was at the plate but Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) got Amanda McArthur to fly out to end the game. McArthur was 3-for-5 in the contest and scored twice. Ashley Seawell and Kendra Reeder both had 2-for-4 efforts with two RBIs apiece. Reeder had a home run as one of her two hits.

Watts threw the final 3 1/3 innings for the win, running her record to 5-7 after the day. She was handed the loss for game one. In the second game she scattered four hits and both runs in the seventh were unearned. To start the day she went all seven innings with six runs, five earned, on 11 hits. She did not walk a batter in the two games and struck out four.

Tiffany Harris (Tazewell, Va.) was the only Lady Tornado with two hits in game two as eight players recorded hits and seven of the nine starters scored. Six King batters had a RBI to spread the production across the line up.

Taylor Morris suffered the loss in game two, 2 1/3 innings of work with seven runs on seven hits.

Game one's victory went to Tara West with a shutout and only five hits allowed. She mixed in seven strikeouts.

Seawell, Natalie Haithcox and Jade Bullins all had 2-for-4 efforts. One of Bullins' hits was a home run during Mars Hill's four-run fourth inning. Ashley McCurry drove in two runs during the game. The other two runs were scored in the first and second innings.

King scattered five hits around the lineup in game two. Included was a hit for Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) as she ended the day with a five-game hitting streak. She has gone 8-for-16 during the streak as her batting average jumped from .308 to .364 after Sunday's games.

When the two met earlier in Mars Hill, King was defeated 6-5 and 7-4 on Feb. 19.