The Wilkes County Legion Lady Fastpitch softball team earned a split in its home opener on Thursday night at West Wilkes High School.
Post 31 plated seven runs in the first game on the way to a 9-3 win in the first game but Hickory bounced back in the second game to earn a 5-4 win in extra innings.
Post 31 (2-1) got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second with an RBI single from Paige Phillips. Kennedy Collins plated two runs with a single and then scored from first on a two-run double from Katie Spears to extend the advantage to 5-0.
Gracie Proffit (groundout) and Kacey Triplett (single) also drove in runs in a seven-run second inning.
After the Flashers pushed the lead to eight in the third with a Sophie Nichols RBI single, Post 48 scored twice in the top of the fourth. But Proffit got back one of those runs in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to straight away center field.
The Flashers quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game behind RBI base hits from Isabelle Curry (single) and Collins (double) in the second inning. Phillips also scored from third base when Presley Dancy stole second base.
But Hickory (1-1) chipped away at the deficit, scoring twice in the fourth inning and tied the game an inning later.
Playing by international tiebreaker rules (where the last batter from the previous inning starts on second base) both teams scored in the sixth inning. Post 48’s Emma Lay started the top of the seventh on second and Madison Rowe sacrificed her over to third; Lay scored on Payton Goble’s RBI double to give the visitors a one-run lead.
Curry started the bottom of the seventh on second and took third on Elizabeth Church’s sacrifice bunt was stranded on third as Lail induced a pop out from Phillips and struck out Dancy to end the game.
Lail earned the win as she allowed just one hit and struck out five in five innings of relief. Phillips allowed just two hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts in five innings of work but received a no-decision.
Triplett, Curry and Phillips finished with two hits apiece in the first game for Post 31, which will return to action on Tuesday with a trip to Burke County to face Post 21. No Wilkes player had multiple hits in the second game.
The Flashers’ junior legion squad will play its first game on Monday night at 7 p.m. at West Wilkes.
(Look for more, including box scores and coach's comments in Tuesday's Wilkes Journal-Patriot)