Home runs lead King to split against YHC

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team hosted one of the top teams in the southeast region on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado took game one 4-2 behind a pair of home runs before a Mountain Lion long ball topped the Tornado 1-0 in the nightcap.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 4, Young Harris 2; Young Harris 1, King 0
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-6; Young Harris 12-6

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jenna Burnett drove in three, ripping her first home run of the season in game one. She also added a double.
  • Katelyn Davidson laced her second home run of the season and posted two hits on the day.
  • Rachel Farmer tossed a complete game in the circle, her second career complete game.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Mountain Lion offense threated in nearly every inning, but Tornado pitcher Farmer was up to the task.
  • Farmer stranded a pair in the first and left the bases loaded with Mountain Lions in the second inning.
  • King grabbed the lead in the third inning as Burnett came up with two runners on and two outs.
  • She laced the ninth pitch of the at bat over the fence down the left field line, putting the Tornado on top.
  • The Mountain Lions countered with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, one on a Jill Torres single and another on a Carly Rigsbee groundout.
  • Davidson added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run that gave King a 4-2 lead.
  • That was all Farmer need as she retired the final seven batters she faced, giving King the 4-2 win.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Rachel Farmer (2-0) 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
Losing Pitcher: Nikki Kovalsky (9-5) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Game two was a pitcher's duel between Louisa Disi of Young Harris and Casey Gilbert of King.
  • Both pitchers stranded a runner in the first inning before the Mountain Lions stuck in the second inning.
  • Torres ripped a home run to right center, putting Young Harris ahead 1-0.
  • Danielle Parks started a two-out rally for the Tornado in the bottom half, and Katie McCann followed with a walk.
  • However, King didn't come up with a hit, stranding a pair.
  • Each team had a base runner in nearly every inning, but couldn't string a few hits together as they all were stranded.
  • Bailey Deason worked a two-out walk in the sixth, but that was the last base runner King would get as Young Harris took the contest 1-0.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Louisa Disi (2-1) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO
Losing Pitcher: Casey Gilbert (1-3) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Torres led Young Harris with three hits on the day, including the home run in game two.
  • Carly Rigsbee and Dara Moore each drove in one on two hits in the twinbill.
  • Kristan Lizardi also posted a pair of hits.

UP NEXT

  • King takes to the road to face Lenoir-Rhyne University on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
  • Young Harris travels to Lees-McRae College on Monday.
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