Lady Battlers go 4-4 on trip

N. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Alderson Broaddus softball team closed their spring break trip 4-4 after splitting contests with Frederick Community College and Waldorf on Friday afternoon.

“We did very well this week,” said head coach Rachael Mack following the start to the season. “Pitching wise we have a young pitching staff and they all showed great leadership in the circle and they have blossomed very well.’

In the opening game of the day, AB defeated Frederick CC 12-7 before falling to Waldorf 5-3 in game two.

The Battlers scored four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-0 advantage in game one. Alexxi Timmons drove in Shaquila Demps for the first run of the game with an RBI single. Later in the frame, Timmons scored following a Cougar error and then Jazmine Martin and Victoria Patteson scored runs to end the inning.

AB (4-4) made it 7-0 in the third inning with three more runs on a two-run single from Martin, and then Martin scored on an RBI groundout from Kimball.

After Frederick scored six runs in the fourth to cut the lead to just 7-6, AB added three in the top of the fifth and two in the seventh to hold on to the 12-7 victory.

Patteson finished 4-for-4 with three RBI’s and a run scored while Brianna Burger finished 3-for-4 on the day. Martin finished 2-for-2 with two RBI’s and two runs scored as Kimball finished with a pair of RBI’s as well.

Madeline Kalchik had a strong day on the mound as the freshman went 6.2 innings and gave up seven hits, two runs, one earned, and struck out three.

Megan Whalen led Frederick CC (0-4-1) as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.

In game two, AB took a 1-0 lead when Chelsea Morrow scored from second base following a Waldorf error in the 3rd inning. In the bottom half, the Warriors answered with three runs of their own to take a two-run lead with two outs.

Waldorf (8-7) made it 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single but the Battlers responded in the next inning on a Whitney Brown RBI single to score Samantha Turner.

In the seventh trailing 5-2, Martin led off the inning with a pinch-hit home run to right field to cut the lead to 5-3. With two outs, Kimball and Turner recorded base hits but Burger grounded out to short to end it.

“Our offense showed how powerful they can be,” said Mack. “We showed our strength and running and running bases and understanding roles and responsibilities. Jazmine (Martin) showed up when she needed to and they have showed up when called upon and when they needed to.”

Turner went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Julianna Bravo and Hadassah Curry each finished 1-for-3. On the mound, Burger took the loss as she gave up 10 hits, five runs, four earned, and struck out one.

“We used our speed,” said head coach Rachael Mack on the aggressiveness of her team on the bases. “Our speed allowed us to put pressure on the other team’s defense and it allowed our power hitters to come through and use their strength.”

On the week, AB was 14 for 16 on the base path and hit .315 as a team.

AB returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Salem International for a doubleheader set to begin at 3 p.m