Wayne Christian remained undefeated with an 8-2 win against Rosewood on Thursday afternoon.
With the win, Wayne Christian improved its overall record to 17-0.
“I thought we hit the ball,” Wayne Christian head coach Tommy Fox said. “We hit the ball hard, and Rosewood’s outfield made some nice plays. Rosewood has got a good team.”
Mackenzie Amodeo’s RBI triple gave Rosewood a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but it did not take long for Wayne Christian to respond.
In the bottom of the first inning, Caroline Fox hit a two-RBI double, while Brittney Butts hit an RBI double, and Wayne Christian flew out a 3-1 lead.
Pitcher Brianna Verme kept Rosewood off the board in the second and third innings, and in the bottom of the third, Verme nailed a two-run home run to put Wayne Christian ahead 5-1.
“Brianna has had a fantastic year. She’s been absolutely great for us,” Fox said.
However, Katie Smith’s solo home run in the top of the fourth cut Wayne Christian’s lead down to 5-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Wayne Christian scored two more runs to increase its lead to 7-2.
Rosewood was unable to score any more runs, and in the bottom of the sixth, Hayli Verme’s solo home run pushed Wayne Christian ahead 8-2.
“It’s cliché to say, but we’re just trying to win the next play, so we’re trying to win that inning,” Fox said.
Brianna Verme pitched a complete game, gave up two runs on four hits, and struck out 11 batters. She was also 1-3 with two RBIs and a home run.
Hayli Verme went 2-3 with an RBI and a home run, while Fox and Butts both finished the game with two RBIs.
Rosewood ends the regular season with a 7-4 overall record.
Wayne Christian has one more regular-season game until the playoffs start, and Fox said he wants Wayne Christian to keep playing its brand of softball when the playoffs start.
“We want to stay healthy, and we’re not going to change anything that we’re doing,” Fox said. “These kids do a real good job of making me look like I know what I’m doing. I’ve got some talented kids, and they play hard.”