The Catawba Valley Community College softball team split a Region 10 softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon against Patrick & Henry at Highland Recreation Center.
The Red Hawks’ record now stand at 30-6 overall and 13-5 in conference games.
In game one, Patrick & Henry won 6-2. The Patriots grabbed the lead early and didn’t look back in a four-run win in game one of the set on Friday.
Patrick & Henry opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run home run by Elizabeth Parrish.
Catawba Valley cut into its deficit in the third inning, scoring one run on a Patriot error following a single by Emma Kuproski.
Patrick & Henry answered by adding two more runs in the fourth inning on a single by Karley Wetmore to make it a 4-1 lead for the visiting team.
Bethany Martz plated two more runs for P&H in the sixth inning on a two-RBI single to center field.
Red Hawks catcher Cora Olivares tripled in the sixth inning, scoring pinch runner Kenzley Southers to make it a 6-2 game. However, CVCC could do no further damage and fell by four runs.
Catawba Valley starting pitcher Cali Hinnant allowed eight hits, four earned runs, two walks and stuck out six batters in six innings of work. Payton Thomas also pitched one inning, striking out two.
The Red Hawks grabbed the lead early and held off a late Patriot rally to earn their program-record 30th win of the spring with a 5-2 win in game two of the doubleheader.
Lillie Pennington’s two-run single in the first inning gave CVCC its early 2-0 advantage, and Emma Kuproski added to that lead with a bases-clearing double in the second inning.
Patrick & Henry rallied late with a two-run homer by pinch hitter LeeAnna Mills, but Red Hawks starting pitcher Jillian Jones remained poised, forcing a line out and ground out to end the game.
Jones improves to 13-1 overall on the mound this season. She allowed six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out one batter in her complete game performance.