The West Stokes Lady Wildcats traveled to West Brunswick High School last week and participated in the Beach Diamond Invitational tournament. After three teams dropped out of the tournament because of scheduling conflicts, the administration of West Brunswick High School decided to do a home and away series with the three remaining teams and continue with the tournament. The Lady Wildcats beat 4A Reagan High School twice, but lost both games to the home team in the first game of the tournament and then in the championship game.
Against West Brunswick, ranked sixth in 3A, the Trojans took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first and won the game 6-0 on five errors. The Wildcats only managed three hits and were shutout for the first time this season.
“They put us in some pressure situations and we didn’t perform like I thought we should have,” stated Wildcats coach Jordan Stevens. “Their pitcher was definitely the best we have faced this year and it took us a few innings to adjust and then we just hit the ball right at them. They are a good team and do what good teams do and that’s makes plays.”
In the next game against Reagan, the Cats bounced back with a 12-2 win. West Stokes scored four runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and led 12-0 with pitcher Allyssa Duggins pitching a no-hitter going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Mackenzie Parker led the Cats with three hits, three runs scored, three RBIs and a homerun. Freshman Hannah Woody was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Duggins gave up two earned runs on no walks and two strikeouts to extend her record to 5-0 on the season.
On Wednesday, West Stokes played a double header against both teams. First up was Reagan and while they led for the majority of the game, the Wildcats tallied six runs in the bottom of the sixth winning the game 7-4.
Trailing 4-1 entering the sixth inning, the Wildcats used six hits and one Raider error to take the lead for good. Sydney Shelton walked to start the inning, and then Rachel Delcamp hit a two run homer cutting the lead to 4-3. Allie Mendenhall walked and then stole second with still no outs. Taylor Cunningham reached on an error putting runners on the corners. After Cunningham stole second base and Ashley Philyaw’s walked loading the bases, Woody walked in the tying run. Parker then singled two more runs in and then Duggins grounded out scoring Woody for the final score.
In the championship game of the tournament, the Wildcats fell to West Brunswick 5-1. The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off of an error. They added four runs in the bottom of the fifth on more errors by the Wildcats.
“We really have to focus on our mental game when we get back next week,” said Stevens. “We can compete with any team talent for talent; we just need to focus our attention on pressure situations.”
Making the All-Tournament team for the Wildcats were: Allyssa Duggins, Rachel Delcamp, Hannah Woody, and Ashley Philyaw.
The Wildcats are now 11-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play. They will play league leader Forbush (12-0) twice this week.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.