Excellent pitching and timely hitting is a good recipe for success.
That adage proved true as Wayne County Post 11 won 12-0 against South Wake Post 116 No.1 in five innings on Monday evening.
Kierstin Cooper got the start in the circle for Wayne County. Cooper pitched all five innings, allowed two hits, struck out three, and kept Post 116 off balance for the entire game.
“Cooper is a good pitcher. She is always around the plate, is going to throw strikes, and is going to keep us in the game,” Wayne County Post 11 head coach T.J. Smothers said. “If she falls behind, she can throw a strike whenever she needs to.”
On the offensive end, Wayne County wasted little time in building up a lead.
McKenzie Millard and Alyssa Smothers led off the game with singles. Laine Marak’s sacrifice fly allowed Millard to score the game’s first run.
Later in the inning, with Post 11 up 2-0, Isabel Faulkner stepped into the batter’s box, facing a bases-loaded situation.
Faulkner then delivered a two-RBI single that gave Post 11 a 4-0 lead.
One batter later, Rylee Joe Meyer’s RBI single enabled Brianna Verme to cross home plate, which put Wayne County up 5-0.
“McKenzie can always set the table pretty good, and then Alyssa behind her, and then there are big sticks. We have a hitting lineup, so if the top gets on, then we’re going to score runs,” Smothers said.
Wayne County extended its lead to 8-0 in the second inning, while South Wake had no answer for Post 11.
Post 11 was held scores in the third inning, but Post 11 added to its already sizable lead in the fourth inning.
Up 9-0, Charlie Montgomery’s RBI single and Smothers two-RBI single capped Wayne County’s scoring.
Cooper then held off South Wake in the top of the fifth, and Wayne County improved its record 2-0 this summer.
“I saw good pitching, pretty good defense, and we hit when we had to,” Smothers said. “It’s the second game of the year, and we’re getting back into the swing of things. We’re going to be fine.”
Post 11 is back in action today. Wayne County travels to Middle Creek Park to face South Wake Post 116 No. 2, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.