LaGrange claimed its first Great South Athletic Conference win of the season beating Salem 10-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at the LaGrange College Softball Complex. The Spirits earned a split of the doubleheaer with a 5-4 win in the second game.
In the first game, the Panthers were the first to strike as Megan Wing reached after being hit by a pitch. With Wing on first, Laura Webber went deep, recording her second home run of the season. Following the Webber blast, Hanna Patterson and Mallory Muncher dropped in singles, followed up by four consecutive walks as the Panthers took a 7-0 lead.
The Spirits answered in the top of the fourth inning, knocking in two runs on three hits and aided by two Panther errors, and added two more runs in their half of the fifth. The Panthers answered the Salem comeback, adding a run in the fifth, scored by Lindsey Hogan, and two in the sixth, as Megan Wadsworth and Danielle Newbern crossed the plate.
Salem battled back with two runs in the seventh, but the effort fell short as the Panthers took game one, snapping a three-game skid and earning their first conference win of the season.
Courtney Beshel got the Panthers going in the second game with a double to left field and later scored the first run of the game on a single by Wing. The Spirits evened the score with a run of their own in the second inning and added four more runs across the next three innings.
The Panther bats came alive in the fourth and fifth innings as three more runs were added on the scoreboard, but the charge fell short as Salem held on to win game two.
Folds started on the mound again for the Panthers in the second game, with Landrum coming in and finishing the outing.
The Panthers are on the road March 21 at Piedmont in a GSAC doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.