Light's shutout leads King past Barton

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus
Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

BURLINGTON, N.C. – In a game that took nearly five hours to complete, the King University softball team outlasted Barton College in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado plated a pair of unearned runs in the final two innings to take the contest 2-0.

Both pitchers, Hannah Light of King and Barton's Ashlyn Reagan were on their respective games throughout the contest, only allowing seven total hits. Just prior to the first rain delay, Hannah Smith got the game's first hit, a single to center in the top of the second inning. Following the delay, Reagan got a pair of outs to get out of the inning.

The Bulldogs (17-21-1) got their first hit with two outs and a runner on first in the third inning, but Light escaped the inning with a groundout before the rain came again. This delay lasted two hours and 46 minutes before the teams took the field again.

After the delay, Reagan worked a 1-2-3 third, before Barton registered another hit in the fourth. However, Light got a pair of strikeouts in the frame to keep the game scoreless. The contest remained that way until the fifth inning when the Tornado loaded the bases with no outs. Reagan looked to get out of the frame with a groundball, but the throw was high to first base allowing a run to score. Reagan then got a popout to escape further damage in the inning and leave the bases loaded.

King (27-24) struck again in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Tori McComas came through for the Tornado rolling a groundball to second base that scored King's second run. Reagan left runners on second and third, sending the game to the seventh with Barton trailing 2-0.

The Bulldogs got a leadoff single from Crystal Britton, and a one-out bunt single from Alex Baylis. However, Light induced a popout to the back of the circle that she caught and threw to first for the double play to end the contest.

Light tossed all seven innings, allowing only four hits to lead the Tornado. Reagan allowed just the two unearned runs and three hits for the Bulldogs.

King will be in action again on Saturday when the face sixth seeded Pfeiffer University at 12:00 p.m.