SALEM, Va.- Randolph softball traveled to Salem to face Roanoke in an ODAC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the James Moyer Softball Complex. The Maroons claimed both games by scores of 10-2 and 4-3.
The losses drop the WildCats to 11-10-1 overall and 2-6 in the conference. Roanoke improves to 12-9 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC.
In the opener, RC scored runs in each of the first four innings to lead 8-0. The WildCats scored twice on an Alyssa Swords (Disputanta, Va./Prince George) sacrifice fly and a Nadia Tibbs (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) RBI single to make it 8-2. The Maroons got both runs back in their half of the inning to end the game after five innings.
Danielle Shannon (Greensville, Va./Riverhead) went four innings for Randolph and gave up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits. She walked one and struck out one. Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) pitched 1/3 inning and surrendered two runs on four hits.
In the second game, Tibbs' RBI double gave the WildCats a 1-0 lead with one out in the top of the first. Brittany Gula's (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) RBI single and a RBI single by Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) scored two more runs for Randolph and the 'Cats led 3-0.
Roanoke answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to cut the 'Cats lead to 3-2. Randolph had a chance to add to its lead in its portion of the third with runners at the corners and one out but Harbison struck out and Hailey Thomas (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) popped up to end the threat. RC plated another pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead.
The WildCats had another opportunity to pull ahead in the fourth. After Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) struck out, Epperson singled up the middle and Delaney Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry) singled to put runners on first and second. The opportunity was for naught as Lucado was out on the infield fly and Swords fouled out to shortstop.
Starting pitcher Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) ran into some trouble in the Roanoke sixth as bases were loaded with one out. She would get Briana Nardone to strike out and induce an inning ending pop up to get out of the jam.
Chaney took the loss for the first time this year. She gave up 12 hits and four unearned runs. She did not allow a walk and struck out three Maroons.
Gula was 2-for-3 as the designated player with a run batted in. Swords and Tibbs were both 1-for-3 with runs scored. Swords swiped one bag as did Harbison.
Randolph goes across town on Tuesday to play ODAC rival Lynchburg. Game times will be at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.