Prep Softball: Lady Eagles silence Storm, 3-1
There was nothing fancy about East Davidson's 3-1 softball win over visiting Southern Guilford Thursday afternoon. Head coach Amanda Akins will take a victory no matter how it looks for now.
With no seniors, the Lady Golden Eagles have needed some time on the field to get experience. With little preparation due to winter weather interruptions, East has struggled early on losing its first three games. Against the Storm on another frigid day in Thomasville, they had good pitching and just enough offense to find the win column for the first time. Morgan Key had two of East's four hits while driving in one. Andrea Grant added a solo homer for the 1-3 Eagles.
“We looked a lot better than we have the past three games,” said Akins. “Everything looks like it is starting to come together a little bit now that we have been able to be at school a little more.”
Southern Guilford had East worried again in the first inning when Taylor Reed lifted a home run over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead. It would be the only run pitcher Bre Carroll would allow.
East immediately got the run back in their first inning at the plate. Selena Metcalf walked, but two strikeouts followed leaving a rally in doubt. Another walk put runners at first and second with Key stepping in. The contact hitter laced a double to the gap, allowing Metcalf to score from second.
The scoreboard remained silent for the next three innings before the Golden Eagles plated the go-ahead run in the fifth.
Ally Wike reached on a fielder's choice for the first out. Kaitlyn Powell hit a slow roller that the pitcher fielded and fired to first for the out. Seeing that nobody was covering third, Wike rounded second and reached third with two outs.
“Ally is smart on the bases and is one of our quicker runners,” Akins said. “She noticed it quick without me having to yell. Having a smart baserunner on at that time was very beneficial for us.”
The aggressive running paid off, as she raced in on a wild pitch to put EDHS up 2-1.
In the sixth, Grant tacked on a key insurance run. She sent the pitch over the fence in center for the third Eagle run of the night.
Carroll found a little trouble in the seventh letting the leadoff runner get aboard on a walk. Brooke Walser was called in for the save and she did just that. Facing Reed with two outs, the hard-throwing righty nailed the corner of the plate for the third strike and the win.
Though there were only with four hits to show for, Akins was pleased with the progression on offense.
“This has been our best hitting appearance this year,” she said. “We are hoping it will continue to improve. We have been slow getting started, and we need to start in the first inning rather in the fourth and fifth inning.”
The Eagles will welcome Glenn on Tuesday.
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