Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s softball team swept a double header versus NJCAA Region 10 Division II rival Catawba Valley Community College, winning by scores of 5-1 and 7-2 in a double header that started Saturday but had to be concluded on Tuesday due to rain over the weekend.
In game one, played at Hibriten High School on Saturday, Caldwell got the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning when Cierra Martin drove in Jenna Davis with a RBI double, after Davis had reached on an error. Storms moved into the Lenoir area, halting the game after the top half of the second inning with Caldwell leading 1-0
Game one resumed in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday at Lenoir Optimist Park and Caldwell wasted little time extending their lead. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk to give Caldwell a 2-0 advantage.
Catawba Valley would cut the Cobra lead in half in the top of the third. After loading the bases with no outs, the Red Hawks’ Cali Hinnant would deliver a fly ball to right field, allowing Ashlyn Parsons to tag up and score, making the score 2-1.
The Cobras would answer back with two runs in the bottom of the third. Savanna Doyle hit a two RBI home run with two outs to push the Caldwell advantage to 4-1. Doyle would pick up her third RBI of the game with a triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving Caldwell a 5-1 lead.
Caldwell’s Jada Wilson was dominant on the mound, picking up her ninth victory in the circle this season. She went seven innings, allowed five hits, one run (earned), while walking five and striking out seven.
In game two, Caldwell capitalized on three Catawba Valley errors in the first inning, scoring seven runs after sending ten batters to the plate. Abby Reeves led off the bottom of the first with a single. She was followed by Jenna Davis who reached on a fielder’s choice. Cierra Martin would then single to load the bases, followed by a two RBI single from Bri Lewis. After a pitching change for the Red Hawks, Mackenzie Johnson delivered a two RBI double to give the Cobras a 4-0 lead. Three errors by Catawba Valley would plate three more Cobra runs, giving the home team a 7-0 lead after one inning complete.
Catawba Valley would show life in the fifth inning. Ashlyn Parsons led off the inning with a solo home run to left center field, giving the visitors their first run of the game. Grace Andrews would follow with a double off the wall in center field and would be driven in thanks to a RBI single by Alleigh Himes. With the score 7-2, Jada Wilson would come in to pitch for Caldwell, getting ground outs to turn away the Red Hawks’ threat in the fifth.
Ashlyn Castle picked up the victory in the circle in game two for Caldwell, pitching four and a third innings, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned), while walking two and striking out three.
With the sweep, Caldwell improved to 17-7 overall and 8-2 in Region 10 Division II play. Catawba Valley falls to 15-7 overall, 6-4 in Region 10 Division II. The two teams are scheduled to face each other again in a double header in Hickory on May 1.
Game 1: Caldwell 5 Catawba Valley 1
Resumption of Saturday’s game that was called due to rain in the bottom of the 2nd inning with Caldwell leading 1-0.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CV 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
CC 1 1 2 0 1 0 X 5 5 1
WP: Jada Wilson 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3 HBP
LP: Cali Hinnant 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Caldwell Offensive Leaders: Savanna Doyle 2-3, 2 RBI HR, RBI triple (3 total RBI), 2 RS. Cierra Martin 1-3, RBI double. Jenna Davis 1-3, single, RBI BB, 1 RS. Brittany Reynolds 1-1, single, 2 BB, 2 RS, 4 SB.
Catawba Valley Offensive Leaders: Cali Hinnant 1-3, single, RBI sac fly. Grace Andrews 1-2, single, BB. Ashlyn Parson 1-4, single, 1 RS. Alleigh Himes 1-2, double, 2 HBP.
Game 2: Caldwell 7 Catawba Valley 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CV 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 3
CC 7 0 0 0 0 0 X 7 6 0
WP: Ashlyn Castle 4.3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HBP
LP: Abby Helms 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Caldwell Offensive Leaders: Mackenzie Johnson 1-3, 2 RBI double, 1 RS. Bri Lewis 1-3, 2 RBI single, 1 RS. Jenna Davis 1-3, triple, 1 RS. Abby Reeves 1-2, single, 1 RS. Savanna Doyle 1-2, single 1 RS. Cierra Martin 1-3, single, 1 RS.
Catawba Valley Offensive Leaders: Ashlyn Parsons 1-4, solo HR. Grace Andrews 1-4, double, 1 RS. Alleigh Himes 2-3, RBI single, single, 1 BB.
Records: Caldwell 17-7 overall, 8-2 Region 10-Division II. Catawba Valley 15-7 overall, 6-4 Region 10-Division II.
Next Game: Caldwell returns to action in a double header on Wednesday, April 7 at Spartanburg Methodist starting at 2PM. Catawba Valley plays Thursday, April 1 at Spartanburg Methodist starting at 1PM.