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YHC baseball drops game two against King College

March 25, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

On Friday, the Young Harris College baseball team lost to King College by a score of 8-1 after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning.

King College (14-10) struck again for two runs in the fifth inning to give the Tornado a 6-0 lead over the Mountain Lions. The final two runs for King College came in the top of the seventh inning.

YHC (17-17) put themselves on the scoreboard in the seventh inning when freshman Mike Medori scored the Mountain Lions’ only run of the game after being drove in by sophomore Zach Bricknell. However, the one run plated by Bricknell would not be enough to put the Mountain Lions in reach of a victory.

With the series split, YHC head coach Rick Robinson felt that the Mountain Lions were facing a competitive King College team.

“The King [College] team is a very good team,” said YHC Baseball Head Coach Rick Robinson. “They do some really good things on the bases, put the ball in play. Their pitchers work fast and throw their pitches for strikes, which really kept us off balance.”

Freshman Brice Merritt (1-4) started on the mound for the Mountain Lions. Merritt lasted 0.1 of an inning, and he allowed four runs on three hits and a walk. Merritt was relieved by freshmen pitchers Adam Moore and Nick Boutwell.

Alex Martin (2-0) started on the mound and earned the win for King College season. Martin gave up four hits, one walk and earned four strikeouts.

This match-up was the second game of the three-game weekend series between YHC and King College. After the YHC loss in game two, the series was tied at one a piece.

“I think in game one we played pretty well,” said Robinson. “We pitched well and did some really good things.”

The Mountain Lions will work off of their positives in game one to win the weekend series over King College.

The winner of the three-game series between YHC and King College will be decided at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

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Women’s basketball drops final home contest

February 13, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The Young Harris College women’s basketball team was unable to stop King College in the second half as the Mountain Lions fell, 60-40, during Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“That was an example of losing in a total effort,” said YHC women’s basketball head coach Brenda Paul.

LaDondra Johnson led YHC (8-13) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, which was her third double-double of the season. Nikki Winn and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven points each as the Mountain Lions finished at 32 percent from the field, hitting on 16 of their 49 attempts.

YHC raced out to a 20-9 lead with 4:42 remaining in the opening half and took a 29-21 advantage into the break.

King opened the second half with a 29-9 run to take a 50-36 lead with 4:54 remaining. Young Harris could not recover from the run made by King College in the final four minutes.

“They [King College’ stepped up in the second half, and we folded,” said Paul.

Ashley Deans led three Lady Tornado players in double figures with 14 points. Derika Mooney had 13 points and nine boards, while Brianna Kelley finished with 10 points as King (9-15) was 25-of-56 shooting for 45 percent.

The Mountain Lions take to the road in looks for the series sweep against Reinhardt University on Monday, February 14. Young Harris defeated the Lady Eagles, 77-55 in their previous match-up on January 17. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. in Waleksa.

Young Harris falls on the road to King College

January 23, 2011 Comments off

Information from wire reports

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team surrendered a big run to start the second half in falling to King College, 71-55, on Saturday.

LaDondra Johnson paced Young Harris (5-9) with 23 points by going 11-for-16 from the floor, and also finished with seven rebounds. Breanna Gleeson added eight points and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven. Young Harris shot 44 percent (23-for-52) from the field.

King (6-15) led, 28-24, at the half, and came out in the second half and built a 51-28 lead. The Mountain Lions, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, trimmed the deficit to 15 twice, but couldn’t get any closer.

Derika Mooney had a team-best 16 points for King, while pulling down six rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded five steals. Jessica Tharpe finished with 13 points as the Lady Tornado were 27-for-60 for 45 percent.

Young Harris concludes its three-game road trip 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.