Red Hawks split with Cobras on ‘Sophomore Day’

Red Hawks split with Cobras on ‘Sophomore Day’

HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College softball team celebrated "Sophomore Day" for the first time in program history on Saturday at Highland Recreation Center, splitting a conference doubleheader with rival Caldwell in its regular season finale.

The Red Hawks' record is now 23-10 overall on the season and 12-7 in Region 10 West Division play.

Game one: Catawba Valley 9, Caldwell 2

Falling behind one run early, the Red Hawks used a five-run bottom of the first to seize control early on their way to a seven-run victory in game one against the Cobras.

Every hitter in CVCC's line up had at least one hit in the contest, including two each off the bats of center fielder Ashlyn Parsons, designated player Payton Goble, third baseman Alleigh Himes and pitcher Cali Hinnant.

Red Hawk shortstop Grace Andrews and left fielder Lillie Pennington drove in a team-high two runs each. Pennington and Parsons both tallied doubles in the contest, while Himes hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

On the mound, Hinnant improved to 18-5 on the season with a complete game performance. She allowed six hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out two batters.

Game two: Caldwell 14, Catawba Valley 7

In a game that featured a combined 20 hits by both teams, the Cobras got the better of the Red Hawks in the second game of the set on Saturday.

Shortstop Grace Andrews, left fielder Lillie Pennington and designated player Payton Goble all tallied two hits each to lead CVCC. Andrews and Pennington both drove in two runs each, while Goble tallied a pair of doubles.

Leadoff hitter Ashlyn Parsons also connected on a solo home run, right fielder Laynie Hudgins recorded an RBI double and catcher Kyliee Lapham drove in a run on an RBI Single.

On the mound, Hinnant tossed 5.1 innings, striking out six batters, while Savannah Nolan got her first action of the season on the mound, allowing three hits and two earned runs in 1.2 innings.

The CVCC softball team now awaits its opponent in the Region 10 tournament, which starts this weekend with a play-in round.