SPARTANBURG, SC - The Montreat College softball team dropped a pair of games to Converse College on Saturday.
In the first game, the Cavaliers were kept in check by a strong pitching performance from Converse, and garnered only one hit in a 7-0 loss. In the afternoon game, Montreat got going early, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. However, the Valkyries would build a 4-1 lead after four innings until the Cavaliers used a two-run sixth inning to cut the lead to 4-3. The home team refused to go buckle and added a run in the bottom of the sixth that would prove to be the final score in a 5-3 win for Converse.
Connor Townsend (JR/Morganton, NC) went 2-3 with an RBI while Amber Smith (SR/Boonville, NC) was 1-3 with two RBI. Smith also went the distance on the mound, giving up five runs over six innings of work.
The Cavaliers will take the field again on Friday, March 18th when they travel to take on St. Andrews in an Appalachian Athletic Confrence showdown. Game one of the double-header is set to begin at 2pm.
MARION, NC - The Montreat College softball team found the win column on Thursday, sweeping a double-header against Hiawassee College.
In Game 1, Amber Smith (SR/Boonville, NC) gave up only five hits in a complete game shutout win for the Cavaliers. Montreat picked up all of their runs in the third inning, getting RBIs from left fielder Aubree Sluder (FR/Asheville, NC), right fielder Sydney McAbee (FR/Asheville, NC), and center fielder Dezaree Avallone (SR/Shallotte, NC). Third baseman Karley Yeager (JR/Arden, NC) went 2-2 with a run scored and Smith helped her own cause with a double.
In the second game, the Tigers scored first to take a 1-0 lead and that would hold until the bottom of the third when the Cavaliers erupted for four runs. Montreat would add another four runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 9-6 win. Catcher Ashlyn Vickers (FR/Ellenboro, NC) went 3-3 with a double and run scored while designated player Connor Townsend (JR/Morganton, NC) went 2-4 with 3 RBI. All together, the Cavaliers racked up 11 hits from eight different players. Melanie Recher (SR/Waxhaw, NC) picked up her first win of the season after giving up three earned runs in 5 innings of work.
The Cavaliers will look to add to their win streak when they travel to take on Converse College in a double-header on Saturday, March 12th. First pitch is set for 1pm.
MARS HILL, NC - The Montreat College softball team dropped an afternoon double-header to Mars Hill College on Wednesday afternoon.
In the first game, the Cavaliers were limited to a single hit in a 10-0 loss. The Lions went up 8-0 after two innings and used a dominant pitching effort to grab the win. Designated player Connor Townsend (JR/Morganton, NC) picked up the lone hit for Montreat.
In the second game, Montreat went up 1-0 in the first when a Townsend groundout drove in left fielder Aubree Sluder (FR/Asheville, NC). The Lions would again prove to be too much offensively, putting up ten runs by the fourth inning. The Cavaliers scored again in the fourth when shortstop Desirae Bebber (JR/Catfish, NC) drove in second baseman Megan Recher (SR/Waxhaw, NC) with a base hit but it would not be enough as Mars Hill prevailed 10-2.
The team will be back in action today as they take on Hiwassee College in a double header at McDowell High School in Marion, NC. Game one is set to begin at 1pm.