LYNCHBURG, Va.- Coming into this afternoon's doubleheader with #15 Lynchburg, pitcher Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School) needed two strikeouts to move into first place all-time in the Randolph softball record book. Chaney was able to accomplish the feat despite Randolph falling to the Hornets 3-0.
It was a rough first inning for Chaney as she gave up a leadoff triple and walked the second batter. A sacrifice fly plated a run to put Lynchburg ahead 1-0. Chaney then fanned Brittany Coffey to tie the record. Haylee Wood singled to score another run and made it 2-0. Sarah Commons then grounded out to end the half inning.
In the top of the second, Olivia Herman led off for the Hornets. Chaney was able strike her out looking to set the new mark. She tops the previous record of 344 strikeouts that was set by Logan Carter (2011-2014).
As for the WildCat hitters, they only managed three hits. The 1-2-3 batters of Delaney Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry), Alyssa Swords (Disputanta, Va./Prince George), and Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) accounted for one each.
Chaney finished with four strikeouts in total. In six innings of work, she gave up two earned runs on five hits and walked two.
In the second game, Nuckols led off with a single to get a runner on base. The WildCats had runners on first and second with two outs but Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) struck out to end the inning. Lynchburg scored once in the bottom of the second to lead 1-0.
Randolph responded in the top of the third as Nadia Tibbs (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) doubled home Swords to knot the game at 1-1. The Hornets pushed two runs across in the bottom portion of the third and scored again in the fourth to lead 4-1.
The 'Cats rallied in the sixth as a Danielle Shannon (Greenville, Va./Riveheads) double to left center scored two runs to bring Randolph to within one of tying at 4-3. Hailey Thomas (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) hit a fly ball in center field but it was not deep enough to score Shannon, who moved to third on an error.
Lynchburg pulled ahead on a Kayla Hugate RBI single. The Hornets broke the game open on a Coffey grand slam over the right centerfield wall to put the home team ahead 9-3.
Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) started in the circle and surrendered four runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. She walked two and struck out one. Shannon pitched 2.1 innings and let up five runs on six hits with one walk.
Nuckols was 2-for-4. Shannon finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in. Swords scored a pair of runs.
Randolph is home this Saturday as it hosts Ferrum in another ODAC doubleheader. Game times will be at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.