DUNCAN, S.C. – The Valkyries (0-12) softball team dropped a doubleheader to GRU Augusta on Tuesday evening at Tyger River Park. The Jaguars were able to take the two games by the final scores of 11-0 and 5-3.
GAME ONE: CONVERSE 0, GRU AUGUSTA 11 (6 INNINGS)
Augusta scored a single run in the top of the first before blowing the game open with five more runs in the second inning and one more in the third, making the count 7-0 in favor of the visitors after 3.0 innings of play.
The Valkyries settled down over the fourth and fifth inning and did not allow the Jaguars to add on to the score, but four runs in the sixth pushed the score to 11-0. Converse could not put a mark on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and fell by the run rule in game one.
Marissa Steadman (0-6) tossed 1.2 innings and allowed six runs while scattering seven hits. Courtney Browne (1-3) picked up the win after throwing 5.0 innings of shutout ball.
GAME TWO: CONVERSE 3, GRU AUGUSTA 5
The Jaguars picked up where they left off in game one, scoring four runs in the first inning of the nightcap. Lydia Hausman tallied a two-RBI double during the at-bat. That lead extended to 5-0 with one run in the second. After that the Valkyries defense settled in and did not allow a run over the next five innings of softball.
A three run sixth inning by Converse closed the gap to 5-3. Kelsie Land started the frame with a single to center before moving to second on a groundout. Massing connected on a base hit through the left side and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position with one out.
After Steadman reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases Plafcan laced a 2-RBI single up the middle to plate the first pair of runs for the Valkyries. Meredith Quarles followed with a hit of her own and Blackmon tallied the third run with a sacrifice fly.
However, that would be all the Valkyries would get and the two teams went scoreless in the final inning, which allowed Augusta to take the second game of the twin-billing, 5-3.
Massing (0-2) threw a complete game while allowing five runs and striking out one batter. Morgan Hunter (2-4) also tossed a complete game giving up three runs and recording six punchouts.
Converse will be back in action on Saturday, February 24 as it will participate in the 2018 Mid-South Tournament, facing Tiffin at noon before a contest with Georgia College at 2 p.m.