McDowell County Post 56 fastpitch dodged the raindrops on Tuesday night and came away with a split of a doubleheader against Lincoln County Post 30.
Defensive miscues proved costly to Post 56 in the opening game of the doubleheader as Lincoln took a 4-0 victory in game one. Post 30 did all of its damage in the top of the second inning as they scored all four runs. They also were the beneficiary of three McDowell errors in the frame and six for the entire game.
Meanwhile Post 56 had just three hits off the Lincoln pitcher Cailieigh Beckley (5 IP, 3H, 6K, BB). Maggie Rometti singled to lead off the third for McDowell’s first hit. Logan Lilly singled with one out in the fourth and Taylor Morgan singled in the fifth inning.
The only frame in which Post 56 had a runner in scoring position came in the first when Lilly was walked and Jaden Shuford was hit by a pitch. Lilly was stranded at second after Sarah Tucker struck out to end the first.
Avery Jordan took the loss for McDowell, allowing four unearned runs in two innings, striking out one and walking a pair.
McDowell 7, Lincoln 5
Post 56 was able to salvage a split of Tuesday’s doubleheader by taking a 7-5 victory in the second game.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning, however a four-run second inning by McDowell broke the game open. Post 30 did score single runs in the third and fourth innings to trim the McDowell lead down to two runs but Post 56 was able to hold on in the late innings.
Maggie Rometti singled to begin the four-run second for McDowell. Taylor Morgan then reached on a walk and Laynie Hudgins singled to left, loading the bases.
Rometti eventually scored on a wild pitch and Katie Baker’s RBI single to left gave Post 56 a 5-3 lead. Hudgins scored later on another wild pitch from Lincoln and Baker made it 7-3 McDowell when she scored on the third wild pitch of the inning.
Baker (1-3, RBI), Lucy Hames (1-2, RBI), Sarah Tucker (1-2), Madi Smith (1-2, RBI), Rometti and Hudgins accounted for all six hits from McDowell.
Hames took the victory for Post 56 on the mound in game two with five innings of work, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. Hames struck out five batters and walked one.
McDowell, now at 2-2 overall, will host Hickory Post 48 in a doubleheader tonight at Big League Camp (7 p.m. start).