Last year the North Stokes softball team was one game away from making another state championship appearance and with their 4-0 start this season it looks like they will be making a hard push against opposing teams for another run. Playing a double header against Voyager Academy and Northern Durham on Saturday, Mar. 11 in Durham seemed easy for the Lady Vikings. They won 16-0 in both games and won in a mercy rule, only played three innings in each game.
“We have very high expectations for our season,” stated North Stokes coach Jeff Frye. “We want to take one game at a time. We are playing as a team at this time and still filling spots with the new freshmen, which are doing a great job. We just need to keep maturing as a team and move in the right direction and see where it takes us.”
The Vikings started the day against Voyager Academy and scored one run in the first inning, and then poured on 15 runs in the second inning to run away with the game.
“As a team we are batting over .700,” said Frye. “We are hitting the ball very well as a team right now.”
Leading the way for the Vikings was N.C. State signee Chandley Garner. She was 2-for-3 in the game with 3-runs scored and 5-RBIs. Freshmen Kelsey and Reid Hawkins combined for 4-hits, 3-runs scored, 7-RBIs and a triple each. Sierra Hubbard got the win on the mound with 3-strikeouts and giving up 2-hits.
Against Northern, the Vikings bats stayed hot, and they pounded out 19-hits, had 4-homeruns in the game. They scored 4-runs in the first, 6 in the second, and 6 more in the third for the final score. Hubbard picked up another win, her fourth on the year, and gave up just one hit in the outing. Hubbard has a 0.50 ERA on the year with 15-strikeouts and teams are only batting .136 against her.
Lora Wood led the team by going 3-for-3 with 3-runs scored, 4-RBIs and a homerun. Both Reid and Kelsey Hawkins had homeruns along with Hubbard. Garner added 2-hits, 2-runs scored, and 4-RBIs.
The Vikings will host county rival South Stokes (3-1) on Thursday, Mar. 16 with the game starting at 6 p.m.
West Stokes sweeps the week
The Lady Wildcats had a good week and won three games, runnig their record to 4-1 after a loss to start the season. The Wildcats beat Walkertown 13-3 on Friday, Mar. 3, a 10-7 come from behind victory against Central Davidson on Tuesday, Mar. 7 and then another victory over Walkertown 22-0 on Friday, March 10.
In the first game against the Wolfpack, the Lady Cats pounded out 13-hits and won in 5-innings. Reigning Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Ashley Philyaw, slapped 3-hits in the game, scored 3-runs, and had a stolen base. Freshmen standouts Faye Lawson and Allison Mabe had 2-hits each in the game, with 2-RBIs a piece and Lawson hit her first homerun of her career. Appalachian State University commit, junior Mackenzie Parker, went 2-for-3 with a run scored and 2-RBIs. She got the win on the mound by giving up 6-hits, 1-earned run, and had 3-strikeouts.
Against Central Davidson, the Wildcats were in constant comeback mode. They trailed 2-0 after one inning before they tied it up in the second, and then trailed 5-2 before tying it back up in the 5-inning. The game went into extra-innings with the Spartans hitting a two-run homerun in the top of the 10th only to see the girls in purple come back again. With the score at 7-6, bases loaded and 2-outs, Lawson stepped into a pressure situation and delivered in a big way with her second homerun of the season and her first grand slam of her career. Lawson had been 0-for-4 in the game before getting the big hit.
Leading the Lady Cats at the plate was Parker, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and 2-RBIs. Senior Alyssa Duggins got her second win of the season on the mound.
In the second game against the Wolfpack, the bats stayed hot and they pounded out 18-hits and scored 5-runs in the first, 2 in the second, 5 more in the third, 2 in the second, and poured in 8-runs in the fifth for the game ending in a mercy rule.
Freshman Hannah Woody led the team with 4-hits, 3-runs scored, 1-RBI, and 2-stolen bases. Philyaw added 3 more hits, scored 4-runs, and a RBI in the game. Lawson, Mabe, and Duggins added 2-hits each in the game.
The Wildcats will travel to 4A East Forsyth (3-2) on Friday, Mar. 17 and take on the Eagles after the JV game, which starts at 5 p.m.
Lady Sauras win three
The South Stokes Sauras continued the trend of the other two county schools last week and won three games to run their record to 3-1 after starting the season with a loss to powerhouse North Davidson.
The Sauras won 5-2 over Glenn on Mar. 7, won 8-6 over Allegany on Mar. 8 and then won 10-8 over the Elkin Elks on Friday, March 10.
South will travel to North Stokes on Friday, March 17 for a game against the Vikings starting at 6 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193