NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- The Randolph softball team had a busy afternoon on Tuesday as it played three games on the second day of the WildCats' Spring Break trip. The 'Cats started with a 6-2 win over Penn State-Abington and then dropped a 10-2 decision to Mary Washington and a 3-0 defeat to William Peace to end the day.
Against the Lions, the game was scoreless until the third inning as Rachel Lee (Clifton, Va./Centreville) reached first on an error that allowed Sarah Reed (Luray, Va./Luray) to score. Randolph added a second in the bottom of the fourth on a Tiffany Allen (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) RBI double.
The Lions got on the board in the fifth. In the WildCat portion of the inning, Lee walked to lead off. Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) reached on an error by the Lion third baseman and advanced to third, which allowed Lee to score. Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) got on base due to an error by the first baseman to allow Lucado to come around and score. Brittany Campbell (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) field out to left. Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) was hit by a pitch and Alexis Steljes (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) popped out to the pitcher. Another error, this time by the shortstop, brought home two more runs for the WildCats as they went ahead 6-1.
PSU-Abington tacked on a run in the sixth but could muster no more. Starting pitcher Pannill picked up the win as scattered four hits over seven innings and allowed two unearned runs. She walked three and struck out eight Lions.
At the plate, Pannill was 1-for-3 with a run scored as was Steljes. Lee finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.
In the second game, Randolph fell behind early to the Eagles. Mary Washington jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings. The WildCats looked to rally in the fifth. Campbell walked to lead off. Jordyn Knapp (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) popped out but Lucado would get on base on a fielder's choice and then move to second on a wild pitch. Lee would get hit to get on base. Kate Hodgkiss (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) came up and singled to second base to load the bases. Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) reached first as the UMW first basemen mishandled the ball to allow Lee and Lucado to score. Becca Montgomery (Lancaster, S.C./E.A. Laney) got hit to get on base but a Lauren Morris (Troy, N.C./West Montgomery) lineout ended the rally.
Camber Thornhill (Pearisburg, Va./Giles) came in to relieve starting pitcher Gracyn Allen-Ingle (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance). Thornhill walked the first two batters she faced. Both runners pulled off a double steal to move to second and third. Another walk loaded the bases. The Eagles scored four runs on two singles and a double to end the game on the mercy rule.
The third and final game started off as a pitcher's duel between Randolph's Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) and William Peace's Kelsey Durham. Neither pitcher allowed a hit through four innings. In the Randolph fifth, Campbell singled down the left field line to break up the no hitter. Reed came in to pinch run and went to second on a Knapp sacrifice bunt but Allen's groundout ended the inning.
Chaney struck out the first two Pacers in the bottom half of the inning but then allowed a double to right field. William Peace's Olivia Oates singled to center to bring in a run. The WildCats escaped with minimal damage done and only behind 1-0.
The WildCats went down 1-2-3 in the sixth. The Pacers added two more runs to go ahead 3-0. Randolph grounded out three times to end the game.
Chaney allowed four hits, three runs (one earned), and one walk while striking out seven. Durham gave up one hit, one walk, and struck out three.
Randolph looks to end its trip on a high note with a doubleheader tomorrow. The WildCats take on Sage at 11:30 a.m. and end with La Roche at 1:30 p.m.