MONTREAT, NC (March 5, 2009) -- Historically, Mars Hill has always had the upperhand when it comes to playing Montreat in softball. However, earlier this season the Cavs proved how strong a team they could be this season, as Montreat split with Mars Hill.
The two teams met again on Wednesday at Mars Hill for a doubleheader. In the first game, Montreat got on the board with a Kerby Barkdoll
(Hendersonville, N.C.) two-run homerun off Lion pitcher Tiffany Farthing in the top of the second inning. Erin Cross
(Morganton, N.C.) then hit a solo homerun in the top of the third to increase the Cavaliers lead to 3-0.
Mars Hill tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tara West jacked a two-run bomb over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 3-2. However, the Lions could not sustain the rally as Jenny Hoyt popped up to end the game.
(Belmont, N.C.) picked up the first game victory for Montreat, allowing only two runs on five hits in seven innings pitched. Farthing was credited with the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in three innings pitched.
The second game had a different ending, as the Lions shutout Montreat 3-0. Lions rebounded in the second game and scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to notch the victory. Meredith Mitchell
(Seneca, S.C.) was tagged with the loss for Montreat. She allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings of work.
Montreat Head Coach Lee Swanson
is pleased with the split, but also acknowledges mistakes made cost the Cavs. "In game one, we did enough to get the win", said Swanson. "Stowe threw a great game except for a couple of bad pitches in the sixth inning. In game two we wasted another great pitched game by Meredith by leaving ten runners stranded on base. A couple of big hits and the outcome may have been different. It is nice to go 2-2 against Mars Hill for the season."
The Cavs will travel to Brevard College for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 7. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.