King Softball takes two from VIC

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College swept a pair of softball games over cross-town rival Virginia Intermont Wednesday. The Lady Tornado started the day with an 8-0 win on campus before a 9-4 decision at the 15th annual State Line Classic played at nearby White Top Creek Park.

King improved to 12-26 on the season thanks to the two wins which includes a seven-game winning streak over Virginia Intermont. The Lady Cobras' record went to 21-21.

In the meeting at White Top Creek Park Virginia Intermont scored first with a run in the opening inning.

King answered with a five-run third which included a two-run double from Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.). In all 10 Lady Tornado batters went to the plate and half scored with the same number of hits. Shauna Haga (Blountville, Tenn.) also had two RBIs in the frame with a single.

The Lady Tornado added three more scores in the fourth. Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) drove in the first run of the inning with a single, her third hit of the game. Ringstaff and Aubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) later scored on the same play when a pick off attempt of Hutt at third went into left field. On the same play the ball was bobbled in left field and Ringstaff scored the Lady Tornado's eighth run.

Ringstaff's three-hit performance was the second time she has that many hits in a game this season and her eighth multi-hit effort.

Virginia Intermont answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth. Haley Odle had a RBI double followed by a RBI single from Heather Odle.

Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) tossed all seven innings with four runs, three earned, on six seven. She struck out a season-best seven with seven walks in her sixth win of 2011.

In the opener it was it was the first time King won a game in five innings since a 10-2 win over Milligan (Tenn.) College last year to the day, April 20.

The Lady Tornado used a five-run fourth inning to build the lead to 7-0. King sent 10 batters to the plate which included a two-run single by Lauren Wilson (Abingdon, Va.).

King closed out the game in the bottom of the fifth when Haga scored the eighth run. Haga singled with an out in the inning and came home on a single to right by Ringstaff. On the play the throw to third to try to get Haga out went into the dugout.

Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) completed five innings with three hits in her second shutout of the season. She walked three and struck out one in her sixth win of 2011.

The shutout was the first for King since Feb. 25, 2011, when the Lady Tornado defeated the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) 1-0, 30 games ago. Watts was the pitcher in that contest as well.

Haga was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) had a pair of hits. Ringstaff and Wilson also scored two runs apiece.

Bailee Packett suffered the loss on the rubber for Virginia Intermont. She tossed 4 1/3 innings with five of the eight runs earned on nine hits. Packett walked six and struck out five.

King will play North Greenville (S.C.) University Tuesday in Bristol to close the regular season. The doubleheader has a 2 p.m. scheduled start time. When the two played in Tigerville on April 9 King lost the first game 3-1 before a 12-3 game two win.