DUNCAN, S.C. – The Converse (3-47, 1-17 CC) softball team lost a pair of games to league-leading Limestone (31-10, 17-1 CC) on Friday afternoon at Tyger River Park. The Saints shut the Valkyries out 5-0 in game one before earning the 15-0 win in the nightcap.
GAME ONE: CONVERSE 0, LIMESTONE 5
The first third of the contest was a pitcher's duel as neither team could muster any offense, combining for a total of four hits over the initial three innings of play. The Saints threatened in the top of the fourth after putting a runner on third with two outs, but the stellar pitching of Jianna Pellegrino continued and she induced the next batter into a fly ball out to end the half inning, leaving the game scoreless.
That all changed in the top of the fifth as Limestone struck for three runs after capitalizing off two defensive miscues by the Valkyries. Converse posed a threat of its own in the bottom of the fifth as Mariah Blackmon led the frame off with a single to right field and pinch runner Courtney Walls moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Anna Bennett. A walk put two runners on, but two quick outs ended the opportunity and half inning, leaving Limestone leading 3-0.
Limestone tacked on two more runs in the sixth and the Valkyries went dry over the final two innings, allowing LC to escape with the 5-0 win in game one.
GAME TWO: CONVERSE 0, LIMESTONE 15
Limestone wasted no time posting runs in game two, plating a pair in the top of the first inning following a 2-RBI single from Siara Shelton. A six-run outburst by the Saints in the second blew the game open and gave LC a comfortable 8-0 advantage.
The Valkyries still could not get anything going offensively and Limestone put up seven runs in the fourth inning to take an insurmountable 15-0 lead. After Converse failed to plate a run in the final two innings, Limestone earned the sweep with the 15-run win.
The Valkyries will wrap up the 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 as they travel to Franklin Springs, Ga. to play Emmanuel (Ga.). Game one is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.