Red Hawks’ win streak up to five after sweep of Yetis

Red Hawks’ win streak up to five after sweep of Yetis

HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College softball team extended its winning streak to five games on Wednesday with a conference doubleheader sweep against Cleveland Community College at the Highland Recreation Center.

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 22-10 overall and 11-7 in Region 10 West Division play.

Game one: Catawba Valley 11, Cleveland 2 (six innings)

Behind a trio of three-RBI performances from third baseman Alleigh Himes, pitcher Cali Hinnant and left fielder Lillie Pennington, the Red Hawks earned the run-rule win against the Yetis in the doubleheader opener on Wednesday.

Catawba Valley tallied 14 hits in the contest, including a team-high three from Himes, who finished the game a single shy of the cycle. Himes, Hinnant and Pennington all hit home runs in the contest.

On the mound, Hinnant improved to 15-5 on the season. She allowed two hits, two runs, two walks and struck out nine batters.

Game two: Catawba Valley 12, Cleveland 5

Behind a six-RBI day from pitcher Cali Hinnant, the Red Hawks completed the twin bill sweep against the Yetis on Wednesday afternoon.

Hinnant went 4-for-4 at the plate, including three two-RBI singles. Catcher Cora Olivares added two RBI, third baseman Alleigh Himes went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and an RBI and right fielder Laynie Hudgins hit a solo home run.

On the mound, Hinnant allowed five runs (none earned), four hits, two walks and struck out three batters to improve to 16-5 overall on the season.

The CVCC softball team returns to action on Saturday against rival Caldwell for its final home games of the spring. The Red Hawks and Cobras play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at the Highland Recreation Center.

CVCC will honor its four sophomore athletes — Hayley Morrow, Payton Goble, Ashlyn Parsons and Alleigh Himes — during the program's first-ever "Sophomore Day" festivities.