The early slate of quality non-conference softball teams continues for the McDowell Lady Titans.
The North Buncombe Lady Blackhawks flew into Titan Field and came away with a 12-4 victory Wednesday. The loss dropped the Lady Titans to 1-4 overall, with all of those setbacks coming outside Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play.
North Buncombe jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning of play, scored three more in the fourth and never was challenged the rest of the game.
McDowell got on the board in the fifth, trimming its deficit to 6-1, however the Lady Blackhawks took advantage of some defensive miscues and doubled their run production, scoring six more times over the last two innings of play.
McDowell, a normally sound team defensively, struggled on Wednesday, committing a total of six errors. Over the first five contests, the Lady Titans are averaging more than two per outing.
Lucy Hames went three innings on the mound in the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk. Senior Kirsten Melvin (1 IP, 4R, 2H, K, BB) and freshman Hayley Lawing (3 IP, 4R, 8H, K) also pitched in the outing.
Offensively, the Lady Titans had nine hits against North Buncombe. Jada Cannon went 2-for-4 including a double and drove in a run. Cannon’s double was the only extra-base hit for McDowell.
Candace Cooper (2 for 3, RBI, R) and Melvin (2 for 4, RBI) also had multiple hits. Dezi Williams, Jaden Shuford and Jessica Cannon (1 for 3, RBI) finished with one hit apiece.
McDowell battled South Caldwell Thursday evening in a Northwestern Conference game moved up to avoid expected inclement weather for Friday, but results were not available at press time.
McDowell will be on the road Tuesday at Watauga.