North Stokes sophomore Sierra Hubbard pitched a three-hit shutout and the Vikings pounded out 11-hits in their 11-0 win over rival South Stokes on Thursday.
South Stokes Destiny Agee started the game with a base hit and then moved to second on an error. Aggressive base running led to an out at third base and then the Vikings turned a double play to get out of the top of the first.
The Vikings quickly got on the board in the bottom of the first when Emma Petree walked with one out and then N.C. State signee Chandley Garner singled putting runners on second and third with Emily Evans coming to the plate. Evans rocked a double clearing the bases giving North a 2-0 lead.
After a one, two, three inning for the Sauras in the top of the second, the Vikings tallied another run in the bottom half when Hubbard came around to score on leadoff hitter Carley Gravely’s two-out single.
In the top of the third, South tried to push runs across and had two runners on base with one out, but Hubbard forced two ground outs to get out of the inning unscathed. In the bottom half, the Vikings scored three runs on two doubles, and three Saura errors to lead 6-0 going into the fourth.
After another perfect inning for Hubbard, North connected on four hits, one being a mammoth homerun by freshman Kelsey Hawkins. The Vikings scored five runs to end in their favor.
“We hit the ball well today,” stated North Stokes coach Jeff Frye. “We worked a lot on changeups this past week. We sat back and waited for the most part today. It’s one bat at a time and it’s one game at a time for us to reach the goals we set for our team this year.”
Garner led the Vikings at the plate by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double with a RBI. Gravely, Evans, and Hawkins each had two hits for the Vikings. Autumn Miller led the Sauras by going 1-for-2 with a double.
The Vikings are now 5-0 on the year, while the Sauras dropped to 3-2. Both teams will start conference play next week.
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