Wildcats come out swinging


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



Freshman Allie Mendenhall fires off a hit that bounces off the fence against North Lincoln.


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Taylor Perkins makes her way to second base. The senior went on to hit an over the fence homerun at Saturday’s scrimmage in South Iredell.


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Mackenzie Parker lays down a bunt to advance a West Stokes runner.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

West Stokes Lady Wildcats came out in force Saturday morning proving they’ll likely be strong Western Piedmont conference contenders this season. In three scrimmages, the girls defeated South Rowan 13-2, North Lincoln 12-0 and took their only loss to 4A Davie by two runs.

After losing five key seniors last season, this year’s team is stacked primarily with sophomores.

“I’m excited about how the younger players are stepping up and playing different positions really well. It’s encouraging to have young kids step up in big situations and hit the ball hard,” said coach Jordan Stevens.

Against North Lincoln, sophomore Rachel Delcamp powered the ball over the fence. In the next inning Taylor Perkins followed suit.

Alyssa Duggins and sophomore Mackenzie Parker led the Lady Cats on the mound.

“They’re a good combo. They’re completely different as far as speed and style, but they complement each other. They switch off between the mound and shortstop and it works well,” Stevens said.

Wests’ two seniors Mariah Maynard and Perkins are in position to make an impact.

“I’m really excited about those two. Taylor (Perkins) is going to run the outfield. She’s very focal so she’ll be able to control what happens from centerfield. She’ll hold people accountable,” the coach said.

Stevens said Maynard played third base for the first time last season and did extremely well.

“She’ll continued to do a great job. Every ball that’s hit to her she just eats it up,” he said.

Stevens believes Saturday was a good opportunity for his team to get on the field, especially since most of their practices had been indoors up to that point.

“Yesterday was the first time they’ve actually hit live pitching so coming in I didn’t know what to expect. I think they did really well to have been outside as little they have,” he said.

Monday night West traveled to East Surry and defeated the Cardinals 1-0 in extra innings. They’re set to play Glenn in Kernersville Thursday night beginning at 7p.m.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

Freshman Allie Mendenhall fires off a hit that bounces off the fence against North Lincoln.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Mendenhall.jpgFreshman Allie Mendenhall fires off a hit that bounces off the fence against North Lincoln. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Taylor Perkins makes her way to second base. The senior went on to hit an over the fence homerun at Saturday’s scrimmage in South Iredell.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Perkins.jpgTaylor Perkins makes her way to second base. The senior went on to hit an over the fence homerun at Saturday’s scrimmage in South Iredell. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Mackenzie Parker lays down a bunt to advance a West Stokes runner.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WAgner.jpgMackenzie Parker lays down a bunt to advance a West Stokes runner. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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