GAFFNEY, S.C.- The Converse Softball team ended their season with a 5-33 overall record and 3-19 record in Conference Carolinas play after a twinbill loss to Limestone on the road Saturday afternoon, 8-0 and 4-0.
FINAL | Game One: Converse 0, Limestone 8 (6 innings) | Game Two: Converse 0, Limestone 4
LOCATION | Gaffney, S.C. (Babe Ruth Field)
RECORDS | Converse 5-33 (3-19), Limestone 41-9 (17-3)
INSIDE THE BOX SCORES
Marissa Steadman led the Valkyries at the plate with two hits. Tristan Harvey, Bri Putnam, Shelby Bullock and Anna Bennett recorded one hit apiece. Bennett produced the only extra base hit of the doubleheader for Converse with a triple in game one.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Converse 0, Limestone 8 (6 innings)
After a quiet top half of the first, Limestone scored two runs to break the scoreless tie on two hits.
Brett Harvey tried to start a rally in the top of the second by leading off the inning with a hit by pitch. Harvey would move to second on a throwing error but would be left stranded.
The Saints opened up their advantage to 5-0 in the bottom of the second scoring three runs.
Bri Putnam picked up the first hit for the Valkyries in the top of the third with a single through the left side of the infield. Marissa Steadman moved Putnam up to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Valkyries were unable to push across a run in the inning.
Converse had a chance to push across a run in the top of the fifth but left the bases loaded. Hannah Boring started off the inning with a walk. Shelby Bullock reached on an infield single followed by a bunt single by Marissa Steadman with one out. A pop up and groundout ended the threat.
Limestone scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth. Anna Bennett put herself in scoring position in the top of the sixth with a two out triple but was stranded.
The Saints were able to push across the run-rule score on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to take the contest 8-0.
Game Two: Converse 0, Limestone 4
Limestone jumped on the board with four runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 4-0.
Brett Harvey was hit by a pitch to start the top of the second inning. A sacrifice bunt by Anna Bennett and a ground out by Ashton Coker moved Harvey into scoring position at third but was left stranded.
The Valkyries threatened in the top of the third putting runners in scoring position at second and third. Marissa Steadman singled to left center for the first hit of the contest. Elizabeth Aguilar reached on a fielder's choice followed by a bunt single by Tristan Harvey. Mckayla Davis gave it a ride but was caught in centerfield to end the inning.
Neither team managed much in the final innings of the contest as Limestone held on to win 4-0.
The Converse Softball program produced three Conference Carolinas wins this season, which is two more league wins than the inaugural season last year.
The Valkyries will continue to build on their young program in the 2018 season.