West Stokes Lady Wildcats grabbed their fourth straight win Wednesday night defeating North Wilkes 10-3 for the second time this season. In the earlier 12-9 win at home, West raked in seven runs in the first two innings.
“I thought our team came out of the gate and did what they needed to do by playing good defense and hitting through the lineup,” said Wests’ coach Jordan Stevens. “We got a little sluggish in the middle of the game and didn’t put the game away like I thought we should have.”
West relied on pitching from Mackenzie Parker and Allyssa Duggins.
“The two of them complement each other very well and by utilizing them we’re able to keep other teams off balance,” the coach said.
Ashley Philyaw and Sydney Shelton added base hits allowing Allyssa Duggins and Mackenzie Parker to drive them in. Parker went four for five with six RBI’s.
“I believe our defense has won us a lot of the ball games we’ve played this year. We’ve been trying to put the girls in pressure moments in practice in hopes they’ll succeed in game situations,” Stevens said.
A dominant defense combined with strength at the plate has given West a 6-2 record at this point with their only losses coming from 4A Glenn and WPAC powerhouse Forbush, who battled all the way to the state championship game last season.
“Even though we’re young the girls are really meshing well together and coming to practice to get their job done. I think we’ve found some players key spots in our lineup where they feel the pressure is off and they can perform to the best of their abilities,” Stevens said.
Consistency is still key, the coach added.
“I’m hoping that after spring break is over everyone will be here for the long haul and want to work hard together to accomplish some of our goals,” he said.
The Lady Wildcats host South Stokes next Tuesday, April 5 with JV beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.