Softball

1 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIP & 2 TOURNAMENT TITLES

Hughes pitches King to split with C-N

Photo Credit: Mason Thomas
Photo Credit: Mason Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball received a pair of stellar pitching performances from Nikole Counts and Emma Hughes on Thursday afternoon against Carson-Newman University. However, the Eagles scored four unearned runs in the seventh inning to take game one 4-2 before King bounced back for the 3-0 game-two victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Carson-Newman 4, King 2; King 3, Carson-Newman 0
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-13; Carson-Newman 14-4

KING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Azlee Sells had two hits and scored a run in game one for the Tornado while Chelsea Sams ripped her third home run of the year.
  • Bailey Deason went 2-for-2 and drove in one in game two.
  • Hughes tossed her eighth complete game and second shutout in the nightcap.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Counts and Carson-Newman pitcher Makayla McCarthy each worked around an error in the first to keep the game scoreless.
  • Sells got the first hit of the game for the Tornado, a double in the third. She later scored from second on a wild pitch to give King a 1-0 lead.
  • Counts made that hold up until an Eagle rally in the seventh.
  • Carson-Newman loaded the bases with two outs before an Abby Fiessinger double cleared the bases after an error extended the inning.
  • Haley Caldwell drove in Fiessinger with a single, giving the Eagles a 4-1 lead.
  • Sams ripped a home run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn't enough as King fell 4-2.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Makayla McCarthy (5-2) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Losing Pitcher: Nikole Counts (1-6) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • King grabbed the lead in the first inning as an Erin Foster sacrifice fly scored Deason who walked earlier in the inning.
  • That was all Hughes needed as she retired nine straight batters in the second through fourth innings following a leadoff hit by pitch in the second.
  • A Deason single up the middle tacked on an insurance run in the fifth before an Eagle miscue gave King a 3-0 lead on an attempted squeeze play.
  • Following a one-out single in the sixth, Hughes retired the final five batters she faced to give King the 3-0 victory.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Emma Hughes (6-3) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
Losing Pitcher: Lacie Rinus (6-2) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Maddie Gillett, Taylor Scott and Haley Caldwell all posted two hits with Scott ripping a pair of doubles.
  • Fiessinger drove in three with Caldwell driving in one.