NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves improved to 3-1 on the season after splitting a pair of 1-0 games with Peach Belt Conference softball foe Francis Marion.
The team next plays on Saturday, taking on Limestone in a pair of games set to begin at 1 p.m.
Game One: Francis Marion 1, Newberry 0
A first-inning unearned run by the Patriots was the difference as Francis Marion took an early lead and held on for a 1-0 victory.
Kaylyn Camacho followed her no-hitter Saturday with another stellar performance, pitching a complete game one-hitter and tallying 12 strikeouts with just one walk. The only hit Camacho allowed was a third-inning bunt single.
In the first inning, the Patriots’ lead-off hitter reached on an error, then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch on a Camacho strikeout put runners on the corners, and a sacrifice fly brought home the only run either team would score.
Newberry mounted a serious threat in the fourth inning, using a walk, an error, and a sacrifice bunt to move two runners into scoring position with two outs. A strikeout ended the inning, however, and the Patriots held on for the victory.
Game Two: Newberry 1, Francis Marion 0
The Wolves returned the favor in the final game of the doubleheader, winning another low-scoring contest.
Newberry loaded the bases on three consecutive two-out singles in the fourth inning before a Lindsey Workman scorcher up the middle was speared by Francis Marion’s Lindsey Brown and turned into a force out at second base.
The Wolves were finally able to break through in the next frame. There were three Patriot errors in the inning, most notably a failed pick-off attempt at third base that skipped into left field and allowed Katie Capobianco to cross the plate.
Shelley Jeffcoat was spectacular in the circle for Newberry, pitching a complete game in which she allowed four hits and a walk. At the plate, Newberry never went down on strikes.