West Stokes completed the season sweep with a 7-1 victory over county rival South Stokes during a non-conference softball game in Walnut Cove on Thursday. Sophomore Hannah Woody broke the game open in the third inning with a two RBI hit and then the Wildcats held off a pesky Saura team for the win.
“You can always throw records out the window when playing South,” said Wildcat coach Jordan Stevens. “This is a hard place for us to play and we struggled tonight with pushing base runners across the plate. I’m happy for the win, but we can’t leave 10 runners on base next week and expect to win many ballgames. We have to get better at hitting when we have ladies in scoring position.”
Sauras pitcher Raegan Badgett kept the Wildcats from scoring early on and dominant pitching by Wildcat Allison Mabe kept South at bay.
The visitors broke through in the top of the third inning when freshman Tyler Bumgarner led the inning off with a single. Abigail Gordon sacrificed her to second, but an error by the second baseman pushed Bumgarner to third and Gordon was safe at first. After a stolen base by Gordon, Woody earned the pressure hit and plated both runners for a 2-0 advantage.
The Wildcats extended their lead in the fifth stanza with two more runs. Parker singled up the middle and Mabe reached on another Saura error by the second baseman. Allie Mendenhall roped a single scoring Parker, and then pinch runner Kalyn Womack reached home on a wild pitch for the 4-0 edge.
West added to their scoring total in the sixth inning with three more runs. Parker reached base on a two RBI single and then scored on another error from the home team.
South Stokes began connecting with Mabe in the sixth inning and tallied their only run of the game. Pinch hitter Anna McKenize singled to begin the inning and then moved to second on Grace Mabe’s second hit of the day. Both runners moved up a base when Molly Crouse reached on a Wildcat error. Maddie Shore singled to left field scoring McKenize, but then the inning ended abruptly with a 4-6-3 double play.
Woody led the Wildcats with four hits, two stolen bases, two RBI’s, and a run scored, while Parker added three hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored, and two RBI’s as well. Grace Mabe collected two hits for the Sauras and Shore added a RBI and a hit in the game. Allison Mabe had 10 strikeouts, with five hits, no walks, and no earned runs in the game for West and Badgett struck out four and had two walks on four earned runs for South.
West Stokes improves to 12-1 overall with South dropping to 1-11. The Wildcats will travel to East Surry (10-3) on Monday, while the Sauras will host Forbush (12-4).
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.