Red Hawks sweep softball doubleheader with Knights

Red Hawks sweep softball doubleheader with Knights

DOBSON, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College softball team earned a road conference doubleheader sweep on Sunday against Surry.

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 17-9 overall and 8-6 in Region 10 play.

Game one: Catawba Valley 3, Surry 1

Cali Hinnant tossed her second no-hitter of the season, helping the Red Hawks earn the two-run win against the Knights in game one of the set.

Hinnant gave up just one walk and struck out 14 batters, notching her 10th victory on the mound this season.

Catawba Valley took command of Sunday's opening game by scoring two runs in the fourth inning, including an RBI single from second baseman Hayley Morrow.

The Knights cut their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth with the help of an error, a walk and a fielder's choice RBI.

However, left fielder Lillie Pennington's RBI double gave CVCC an insurance run in the top of the seventh, and Hinnant struck out the side to end the game, securing Catawba Valley's game one victory.

Game two: Catawba Valley 6, Surry 5 (10 innings)

Deadlocked for nine innings, the Red Hawks broke through in the 10th inning, scoring the game-winning run on a RBI single by catcher Kylie Lapham to secure the doubleheader sweep.

Lapham went 3-for-3 at the plate for Catawba Valley in the contest with two RBI. 

Her three hits were part of a 14-hit performance for the Red Hawks, which included three each from pitchers Payton Goble and Cali Hinnant and two from shortstop Grace Andrews.

Goble added two RBI in the victory, while Hinnant and left fielder Lillie Pennington each drove in one.

Hinnant earned the win on the mound, improving to 11-4 on the season. She gave up eight hits, two runs and struck out eight batters. Goble pitched in the fifth and sixth innings, allowing three hits, one walk and three runs.

The CVCC softball team returns to action on Tuesday for a key conference doubleheader against Florence-Darlington Tech. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Highland Recreation Center in Hickory.