The Watuaga High softball team took out its frustrations on Hickory Wednesday night. The Pioneers (2-6 overall; 2-5 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) defeated Hickory 9-1 in a NW3A-4A Conference game at the WHS Softball Complex. The Pioneers pounded out a season-high 15 hits in the win.


Winning pitcher Michala McCune went the distance and picked up the win. She gave up one run, unearned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. She also helped her own cause going 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored, a run-batted-in and a stolen base.


Rachal Hawkins and Sarah Combs each drove in two runs apiece for the Pioneers.


"Hopefully, this is the game that gets us going," said WHS assistant coach Jerry Moretz. "It's been a tough season for all of us. The ball has taken some funny bounces on us at times. It's been frustrating, but this win is huge. Our girls have a lot of confidence. We believe we can hold our own. It's been tough, but we still have a chance to salvage our season. There's still a lot of softball left to play."


Elizabeth Dollar, Hope LaPointe, Fox, Combs and Megan Jackson each had two hits apiece. The Pioneers travel to St. Stephens, weather-permitting, on Friday.