HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Converse (0-6) softball team could not get on the winning track, dropping a double header to Coker College on Friday afternoon. The Cobras were able to sweep the two games with final scores of 15-0 and 9-1.
GAME ONE: CONVERSE 0, COKER 15 (5 INNINGS)
Converse put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the first, but was unable to push across the game's first run as the next two batters were retired in order.
Coker blew the game open in the bottom of the first with seven runs on seven hits. A leadoff walk led to groundout was the second out followed by three more hits by Coker and four more runs to set the score at 7-0 after one inning of play.
The Valkyries defense buckled down in the second, but eight runs over the third and fourth innings proved to be detrimental for Converse. Cacey Simmons produced an RBI triple in the third, while five different Cobras recorded an RBI in the five-run fourth frame.
Converse was unable to do any damage in the top of the fifth and fell by the score of 15-0 in the first game of the twin billing. Jena Massing and Meredith Quarles tallied the only two hits for the Purple and Gold, while the defense committed four errors.
Marissa Steadman (0-3) was credited with the loss after tossing 3.0 innings and allowing 10 runs (7 earned) on 12 hits. Coker's Christine Carver took the win with 5.0 shutout innings, walking three and punching out nine total batters.
GAME TWO: CONVERSE 1, COKER 9 (6 INNINGS)
Game two was a different story as the two teams flashed the defense and runs were hard to come by over the initial four innings of play.
However, that all changed in the bottom of the fifth as Coker finally broke through on the scoreboard with four runs on three hits and error by the Valkyries defense.
Converse got one of the runs back in the top of the sixth inning after Allison Plafcan singled up the middle. Massing started the frame with a leadoff double to right center before advancing to third on a groundout by Meredith Quarles. That set up Plafcan's single to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Unfortunately, Coker was able to reach the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth, plating five more runs on three hits. The biggest blow coming off the bat of Maria Williamson, who blasted a two-run homer to center field.
Hannah Boring (0-2) took the loss after pithcing 5.1 innings and allowing nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits. Nikki Linthicum picked up the win with 6.0 innings of five hit, one run softball.
The Valkyries will be back on the diamond Saturday, February 17 as they open the home portion of the schedule, playing host to the Tusculum Pioneers. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m. at Tyger River Park.