Softball Swings into 2018 Season

Mylan Brewer, Sports Writer •

The Emory & Henry College Softball Team traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on the Salem College Spirits Friday in a two game series.
The Wasps won game one 8-0. However, the game was knotted at 0-0, until E&H got their bats going in the top of the seventh.

The Wasps cycled through the batting order then started at the top again, sending twelve batters to the plate. E&H scored eight runs off of six hits. Junior centerfielder Erin Anderson and sophomore designated player Alex Thomas both had RBI doubles to escort the Wasps to victory. Sophomore pitcher Tiffany Cole pitched a two-hit shutout with one strikeout for the win.

With the win from game one, head coach Tommy Forrester earned his 100th victory at the helm of the Wasps. He becomes the fastest coach to reach the 100- win plateau in program history.

E&H took game two as well. The Wasps got on the board early in the first inning, thanks to a two-run home run by senior first baseman Caley Hodge. Salem responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a two-run single from Brianna Morris making. E&H once again responded with two more runs in the top of the second. Despite E&H taking the lead, the Spirits answered with three runs for a 6-5 Salem lead. No runs were scored by either team in the third inning. Both teams got single runs in the fourth inning for a 7-6 Salem lead. The Wasps went ahead for good in the seventh, scoring two runs off of Hodge’s double. Freshman Alex Braun earned the win in relief, striking out five in four-plus innings.

Coach Forrester was very pleased with his team’s resilience in both games. “I think sometimes teams will be like yeah this isn’t our day we aren’t getting any breaks, but our girls kept a positive attitude and kept doing what we do and came away with a win.”

Emory & Henry was slated to have their first home game Thursday, February 15 against Ferrum but that game has since been postponed due to weather.

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