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King outlasts Limestone, advances in CC tournament

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BURLINGTON, N.C. – King University outlasted Limestone College in an elimination game in the Conference Carolinas Softball Championship. The second-seeded Tornado came away with a 3-2 win in 11 innings to eliminate the eighth-seeded Saints.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 2 King 3; No. 8 Limestone 2 (F/11)
LOCATION: Springwood Park; Burlington, N.C.
RECORDS: King 31-20; Limestone 23-25

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS

PITCHING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Casey Gilbert tossed all 11 innings for King, allowing two runs, one earned on eight hits.
  • Sydney Sullivan threw seven and two-thirds innings in relief, allowing only one unearned run on six hits.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Azlee Sells gave King a 1-0 lead when she ripped a home run in the second inning, her third of the year.
  • Limestone answered with a run in the top of the third to even the score at 1-1.
  • Davidson put the Tornado ahead again with a two-out double that scored Brokering, giving King a 2-1 lead.
  • The Saints came back to even the score at 2-2 when Ashley Parnell ripped a two-out single to left field that scored Macie Parker in the fifth.
  • Neither team could break through again as the game went to extra innings.
  • Gilbert and Sullivan started matching each other pitch-for-pitch.
  • The Tornado offense had the first chance to score in extra innings, putting runners on the corners in the 10th, but Sullivan came up with a strikeout to send the game to the 11th.
  • McCann started a rally in the 11th with a one-out single and Hanna Adams walked to put two runners on.
  • Gilbert loaded the bases with a bunt single before Casteel ripped a shot to the drawn-in infield.
  • The ball was bobbled, allowing McCann to score and give King the 3-2 victory.

UP NEXT

  • King advances to take on sixth seed Southern Wesleyan on Saturday night in another elimination game.
  • Limestone is eliminated.
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