Mount Olive Takes DH From Converse

Mount Olive Takes DH From Converse

University of Mount Olive took a doubleheader from Converse College 8-1, 9-1 Tuesday afternoon at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field in Conference Carolinas softball. Mount Olive took game two in five innings.

Game One: Mount Olive-8 Converse-1 

Mount Olive (16-15 Overall, 4-3 Conference Carolinas) got into the scorebook first in the bottom half of the second. Anna Ingram led off the inning with a double to left center. Ingram moved up to third in a groundout by Jazmin Montgomery. Kristin Power drove Ingram home on a single back to the pitcher and moved up to second on an overthrow from the Converse (6-17, 1-8) shortstop. 

Callie Ferrell singled into left center and Power attempted to score on the base hit but was thrown out at the plate, but Mount Olive took the early 1-0 lead. 

The Trojans added a pair of runs in the third. Brooke Kamphuis dropped down a bunt and beat the throw for an infield single. Kamphuis stole second and then stole third on the next pitch. An errant throw from the Valkyrie catcher allowed her to score and Mount Olive led by two. The second run came home as Kelsey Akers, who reached with a single to right, scored wild pitch after being moved to third by way of a groundout.

Converse struck for their only run of the game in the top of the fifth as Anna Bennett blasted a solo home run to left. The home run added some special meaning for the Valkyries as it was the first home run in program history, since the program is in its first year.

Mount Olive came back in the bottom half however. Akers came through with a one out base hit through the right side. Savannah Becker singled as well through the left side. The bases became loaded following a Kayla Allen single. Ingram scored one on a sacrifice fly to center to extend the lead.

Montgomery plated two more with an two RBI-single to left as Allen and Becker scored. Power drove Montgomery home with an RBI-single up the middle . Power stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch, but a slow throw back to the pitcher was not in time as Power then stole home.

Converse was unable to make any noise in the seventh and Mount Olive took game one.

Madison Johnston (11-6) went the distance as she allowed one run off three hits and struck out six over her seven innings.


Game Two: Mount Olive-9 Converse-1

Mount Olive (19-15,5-3) trailed early in the afternoon cap as Converse (6-18, 1-9) struck first. Tristan Harvey singled with one away to give the Valkyries a base runner. Harvey moved to second on a ground out and scored one batter later as Kelsie Land singled down the right field line, to give Converse the 1-0 lead.

The Trojans came roaring back in the bottom of the first. Akers led off the inning with a single up the middle. Following a strikeout, Akers stole second. Allen drew a walk but a wild pitch allowed her to take second and Akers to move to third. Ingram loaded the bases after she was hit by a pitch. 

Montgomery singled to the shortstop and all runners moved up including Akers to tie the game at one. Power drove home two on a sacrifice fly that scored Allen, but a run down between first and second allowed another Trojan run to score as Ingram came home during the pickle.

Mount Olive added solo runs in the third and fourth innings and extended the lead to 5-1. The final blow however came in the fifth.

Akers drew a walk to lead off the inning. Becker singled into right and advanced to second on the throw to third and both runners were safe. A wild pitch allowed one run to score and move Becker to third. Ingram drove home the second run on a sacrifice fly to left.

Montgomery and Power hit back-to-back doubles to score another run. JenniBeth Burge put a ball into play and the final run of the inning came in on a fielding error by the Converse shortstop and Mount Olive took game two by the mercy rule 9-1 in five innings.

Caitlin Ewers (1-5) picked up her first win on the year tossing four innings and allowing one run off five hits and added a strikeout.

Mount Olive will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Conference Carolinas doubleheaders. The Trojans will take on King Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. and Lees-McRae Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m