The Watuaga High softball team bounced back from Thursday night's loss at Fred T. Foard by clobbering Hickory 17-2 in six innings Friday night in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game. The game was called after six innings because of the
ten-run mercy rule. The Pioneers gradually pulled away and built a 5-2 lead by the third inning. The Pioneers (2-1 overall; 1-1 NW3A/4A) by scoring four times in the fifth inning, and six more times in the sixth. Kim Robinson, who coughed up two runs on three hits in the first inning, settled down and shut the Red Tornadoes down.
She scattered four hits on the night, walked four and struck out nine. But three of those hits came in the first inning. From that point on, Robinson and the Pioneers were in complete control.
"We made small goals for this game," said WHS coach Stephanie Kostis. "The main one being to win every inning. Except for the first inning (in which we tied), we won every inning. The girls kept that goal in the forefront of their minds along with individual adjustments they made at the plate, and the outcome was completely different."
Offensively, everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit and at least one run scored. Taylor Drummonds, who has received a track scholarship from East Carolina University (she will sign her National Letter of Intent Monday in the WHS Media Center), led the way by going 4-5 with a double, a triple and two runs scored. Fellow senior Riley Pudney was 3-4 with a double, a triple and three runs scored; Kim Robinson went 3-5, she homered and set a new school record with home runs, snapping the old record set originally set by her older sister. Robinson also scored two runs. Michala McCune 3-4 with two doubles and a run scored, Megan Jackson, in her first game back from a back injury, was 2-5 with two runs scored, and Elizabeth Dollar was 3-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Drummonds, Robinson and Dollar also had three RBI apiece. The Pioneers had 16 hits; the Red Tornadoes made eight errors.
WHS travels to West Forsyth for a non-conference game Tuesday.
COUGARS NIP PIONEERS IN FREEDOM FINALS
The Watuaga High soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Alexander Central in the championship match of the Freedom Tournament in Morganton, N.C., Friday night. Tristen Derrick scored her fourth goal in as many games for the Pioneers (1-2-1); Hannah Younger scored WHS' second goal on a penalty kick.
"we had a tough time finding the back of the net," said WHS coach Brittany Bolick. "We just have to regroup and be ready to go next week."
The Pioneers play at Ashe County in a non-conference game Tuesday night.
BASEBALL: WATAUGA 6, HICKORY 0
SOFTBALL: WATAUGA 17, HICKORY 2
GIRL'S SOCCER: ALEXANDER CENTRAL 3, WATAUGA 2
BOY'S LACROSSE: WATAUGA 17, FREEDOM 1