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Jessica Cannon
Jessica Cannon went a combined four-for-seven with four runs scored and an RBI in the doubleheader.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Cleveland Community College

Catawba Valley Community College softball swept a doubleheader against Cleveland Community College in Shelby, winning game one 8-0 and game two 15-3 on Wednesday.

In game one, CVCC got the scoring going in the third inning. Chesney Stikeleather doubled on a line drive to left field, allowing Kiana Mullner and Jessica Cannon to score. The Red Hawks led 2-0 after the third inning.

In the sixth inning, CVCC would add three more runs. Abby Teague doubled, scoring Annie Andrews and Emma Kuproski. Teague would later score on a Cleveland error, giving the Red Hawks a 5-0 advantage.

CVCC would put another three spot in the top of the seventh. With one away, Alyssa Kropski and Cannon would both be hit by a pitch. Camryn Bryant would then triple on a line drive to right field, scoring two. One out later, Bryant would score after Annie Andrews doubled on a line drive to left field.

Annie Andrews was the only Red Hawk to have multiple hits, going two-for-four with a run scored and an RBI. Cannon had two runs scored.

Mayson Lail was stellar in the circle. Improving her record to 8-0, she pitched all seven innings, allowing only one hit while striking out six and walking only two.

In game two, Cannon would open the contest with a single. She advanced to second and then third on an error by the pitcher trying to get Bryant out on the next play. Cannon scored on another error, this time by the first baseman as CVCC led 1-0 after the first inning.

In the top of the second, CVCC scored twice. Grace Andrews singled and would then steal both second and third base. Mullner would single to center field, allowing Grace Andrews to score. Kropski then hit into a fielders choice. Cannon doubled putting runners on second and third. Bryant would hit a grounder to second base, allowing Kropski to score. Cleveland would also score twice in the home half of the second.

The score would remain 3-2 until the fourth inning win the Red Hawks put the game out of reach. Mullner singled on a ground ball to left field to open the inning. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kropski would be hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. After a fly out, Bryant ground into a fielder’s choice. Stikeleather singled allowing Kropski to score. Stikeleather then stole second base. Annie Andrews singled to left field, scoring Hopper and Bryant. Kuproski then hit a three run home run to right field.

In the fifth inning, Grace Andrews singled to open the inning. With two away, she would steal second base, her third steal of the game. She then scored when Cannon tripled on a line drive to right field. Cleveland would score a run in the fifth, but the Red Hawks still led 9-3.

In the sixth inning, Bryant singled to center field to start the inning. Brianna Broome came in to pinch-hit for Stikeleather and singled. A double steal put runners into scoring position. Annie Andrews would hit a sac fly to right field scoring Bryant.

Any chance of a comeback by Cleveland would be dashed in top of the seventh inning when the Red Hawks scored another five runs. Grace Andrews singled to open the inning. Mullnber doubled. Mayson Lail then came in to pinch hit and would single to center field, allowing Grace Andrews to score. Cannon would be hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Bryant then doubled clearing the bases. Stikeleather doubled, putting runners on second and third. After the first out of the inning, Kuproski doubled allowing Stikeleather to score.

In all, the Red Hawks would pound out 20 hits in the win, led by Cannon, Kuproski, Grace Andrews and Mullner who all had three hits. Bryant and Kuproski each had four RBI.

Jillian Jones pitched the complete game for the Red Hawks. She allowed six hits and only one earned run while striking out seven and walking three, while facing 33 batters.

The Red Hawks are 24-6 overall, 11-3 in Region X, Division 2 play. CVCC will host Fayetteville Tech Friday.