WildCat Softball Defeats Wilson 9-2; Second Game Called Due to Darkness

Courtney Lucado batting
Courtney Lucado had a two-run double in Game 1 (Photo by Roy Evans)

LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Randolph softball team hosted Wilson College in a game rescheduled from Saturday. Starting pitcher Abbi Pannill went the distance for the WildCats are she limited the Phoenix to two runs in a 9-2 Randolph win. The second game was ruled a 4-4 tie after six innings of play due to darkness.

Randolph led 3-0 after the first inning of play. Wilson countered with a pair of runs in the top of the third to make it a 3-2 contest. The Wildcats got both of those runs back on a Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) two-RBI double as the Randolph lead increased to 5-2.

It was all Randolph the rest of the way as the WildCats scored twice in the fourth and sixth innings. Pannill gave up six hits to the Phoenix and walked six but struck out seven batters.

Hailey Thomas (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Delany Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry) batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Alyssa Swords (Disputanta, Va./Prince George) and Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) both collected two hits each. Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campbell) also stole a pair of bases.

In the nightcap, the two teams were deadlocked 1-1 after the first inning. In the second inning, Danielle Shannon (Greenville, Va./Riverheads) smacked a solo homerun to left field to lift the WildCats to a 2-1 lead.

Wilson scored once in the top of the fifth to knot the contest at 2-2. Randolph answered as a Nuckols fielder's choice that allowed Brittany Gula (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) to score and restored the WildCats' one-run lead at 3-2.

The Phoenix plated two runs in the top of the sixth to wrestle the lead back. In the Randolph sixth, Shannon launched a deep shot to left field that fell just short of her second homer of the game and went as a double. After moving to third on a Thomas single, Shannon would tag up on a Harbison fly to center.

Shannon surrendered three earned runs on eight hits. She walked nine and struck out two. At the plate, she was 2-for-3 with a homerun, double, two runs scored, and one run batted in.

Thomas finished 2-for-3 and stole a base. Nuckols was 1-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a run scored, a run batted in, and a stolen base.

Randolph begins Old Dominion Athletic Conference play this Saturday as it travels to Virginia Beach to take on the defending conference and National Champion Marlins. Game times will be at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.