LYNCHBURG, Va.- Randolph softball hosted Mary Baldwin on Sunday afternoon on a mild day at the Randolph softball complex. The Fighting Squirrels took the first game 7-5 while the WildCats rebounded to win the second game 4-2.
In the first game, Mary Baldwin jumped on Randolph early on as it scored seven runs in the first two innings. The WildCats were able to get two runs up in the bottom of the second to make it 7-2.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) led off with a walk and Alyssa Swords (Disputanta, Va./Prince George) followed. Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) came in as a pinch hitter and was able to hit a deep fly ball out to move Craft to third base. After Delaney Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry) popped up, Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) singled to centerfield and then advanced to second to score Craft. Madison Brown (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) followed with a single up the middle to bring home two more runs and the score was 7-5. Nadia Tibbs (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) singled and Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) walked to load the bases. Hailey Thomas (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) had a chance to be the hero for the WildCats but grounded out to third to end the rally and the game.
Danielle Shannon (Greenville, Va./Riverheads) was pressed into service with two outs in the first inning. After giving up five runs (four earned) in the second inning, she held Mary Baldwin scoreless for the final five innings of play. In total, she gave up eight hits, walked eight, and struck out one.
Nuckols was 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Brown finished 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
In the second game, Randolph scored three times in the bottom of the first to lead 3-0. Mary Baldwin scored once in the third but the WildCats got the run back on a Thomas RBI single. The Fighting Squirrels would score on a wild pitch in the fourth inning but that would be it as the 'Cats gutted out the win.
Pannill got the win as she pitched five innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits. She walked six and struck out three. Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campell) made her season debut in the circle and pitched the final two innings. She walked three batters and struck out one for her first career save.
Thomas batted 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in. Brown was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Randolph returns to the field tomorrow as they host Wilson in a game rescheduled from Saturday. Game times will be 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.