LYNCHBURG, Va.- After a rough pattern of weather recently, Thursday afternoon was warm and sunny at the Randolph Softball Complex. The WildCats hosted cross-city rival Lynchburg in an ODAC doubleheader. The Hornets took the first game 16-5 while the 'Cats claimed the second by the score of 4-1.
In the first game, Taylor Mabry hit a two-run homerun to left field to get LC on the board in the first inning. Randolph responded in the bottom of the second as Brittany Campbell (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) stole home plate. Two batters later, Kate Hodgkiss (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) reached on an error to allow Tiffany Allen (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) to score and the game was tied at 2-2.
Mabry homered for the second time in the third inning to give Lynchburg back its two-run lead. The WildCats had an answer as Allen laced a single to left centerfield to score two runs and tie the game at 4-4.
The Hornets broke the game open with six-run fourth inning to go ahead 10-4. The WIldCats got a run back in the fifth but Lynchburg tacked on another six runs in the seventh inning.
Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) went 6.2 innings for Randolph. She walked five and struck out six. Camber Thornhill (Pearisburg, Va./Giles) got the last out in the seventh inning.
Allen and Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) collected two hits each. The WildCats stole a total of five bases with Becca Montgomery (Lancaster S.C./E.A, Laney), Campbell, Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campbell), Sarah Reed (Luray, Va./Luray), and Allen all swiping bags.
In the second game, Lynchburg scored on a Mabry sacrifice fly in the first inning. Randolph scored once in the second to knot the game at 1-1. The WildCats would go on to score once in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to lead 4-1.
Gracyn Allen-Ingle (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) shut down the Hornets from the second inning on. In total, she surrendered just one run on three hits, two walks, and struck out two.
Hodgkiss was 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a double and a run scored. Campbell batted 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Allen-Ingle helped her cause as she doubled in the fourth inning and scored the winning run.
Randolph returns to the field on Monday as it travels to Mary Baldwin. The doubleheader begins at 3:00 p.m.