Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s softball team played their last home game of the 2008 season on Monday afternoon, as the Tornados split the double-header with King College on Senior Day.
The Tornados recognized the four seniors – Kristin Tettemer, Amber Clontz, Lindsey Morgan and Aimee Rogers – in-between the two games for their hard work and dedication over the years in helping to build the Brevard College softball program.
Game 1: Brevard 7, King 2
The Tornados used a four-run sixth inning to pull ahead of King College and pick up the 7-2 victory.
Brevard got on the board first, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Right-fielder Beth Brooker led off the inning with a triple, which was followed by a Kristina Clayton groundout which scored Brooker and put BC up early 1-0.
After the next BC hitter flied out to make the second out, second-baseman Katie Thornburg and first-baseman Sarah Carlos had back-to-back singles to put two runners on base. Senior Kristin Tettemer then hit a triple, which plated both Thornburg and Carlos to increase the Tornados lead to 3-0.
King College cut into the lead in the top of the fourth, as Whitney Tweed had an RBI double which was followed by an RBI single off the bat of Shannon Henry to put the score at 3-2 in favor of BC heading into the last three innings of play.
The Tornados added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to five. Catcher Katie Brown had a single which drove in two runs, while senior Lindsey Morgan crushed a two-run homerun way over the left-field fence to give BC a demanding 7-2 lead.
Senior hurler Aimee Rogers (5-8) picked up the win for the Tornados, as she allowed two runs on seven hits over the first four innings of play.
The loss went to King’s Ashley White, as the starter gave up seven runs on nine hits while striking out five over six innings of work.
At the plate, BC was led by Morgan, who was 2-3 with a homerun, two RBIs and a run scored, while Carlos was 2-3 with two runs scored. Tettemer was 1-1 with a triple, two walks, and two runs scored, while Katie Brown was 1-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Game 2: King 10, Brevard 8
Game two of the twin bill proved to be a slugfest, as the two teams combined for 18 runs on 35 hits over the seven inning contest. King College out-slugged the Tornados, holding off a late rally by BC to pick up the 10-8 win.
King College got on the board first, jumping out to a four run lead as the Lady Tornado scored one run in both the first and the second innings, before pushing a cross two runs in the top of the third by way of a Amanda Crumpler two-run homerun.
Down 4-0, the Tornados got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth, as Katie Thornburg scored from third on a wild pitch to cut the King College lead to three at 4-1.
However, in the top of the fifth, King College pushed across four runs highlighted by a Samantha Watts double with the bases loaded which scored two King runners and helped push King College back out in front, 8-1.
King College then scored two more runs in the top of the sixth by way of four hits, to increase their lead to nine at 10-1.
Yet BC would not go away as they pushed across five runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 10-6, heading into the final inning of play. In the inning, the Tornados put together a string of six hits with Thornburg and Tettemer each driving one run in apiece, and senior Amber Clontz plating two runs on a double to left field.
After the Tornados held King College scoreless in the top of the seventh, BC came up just short, pushing across two runs in their final at bat, to fall to King 10-8.
Rogers (5-9) picked up the loss, as the senior allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
The win went to King College’s Chelsea Osborne, as the starter went 6.1 innings allowing eight runs, two of which were earned, on 13 hits.
BC’s Katie Thornburg was 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Sarah Carlos was 3-4 with a double for the game. Designated hitter Jennifer Brown was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while senior Amber Clontz was 1-4 with a double and two RBIs.
The Tornados (11-27) will wrap up their 2008 season on Tuesday, April 22, as BC will travel to nearby Montreat College to take on the Lady Cavaliers. The double-header is slated for a 2 p.m. start time.