A pair of strong pitching performances led the way for Wilkes County Post 31 as it earned its first sweep of the 2019 North Carolina American Legion Lady Fastpitch season on Tuesday night.
The Flashers defeated Watauga Post 130 3-1 in the opener at West Wilkes High School and added a 13-2 win over the first-year program.
Wilkes County improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play ahead of Thursday’s doubleheader of Caldwell County Post 392.
After Thursday’s games, the Flashers will be off until July 8.
Grace Presnell, Watauga’s starting pitcher held the Flashers to just two hits in the game. She also gave Post 130 (1-6, 0-4) a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The score remained that until the bottom of the fourth when Post 31 plated three runs in the inning, highlighted by an RBI sacrifice fly from Isabelle Curry.
Sydney Ferguson and Kendall Stanley had the Flasher’s lone hits of the ball game. Curry picked up the win inside the pitching circle as she scattered five hits and struck out five in a complete-game effort.
Presnell also went the distance inside the circle as she struck out four but was saddled with the loss. Katie O’Bryan, Gracie Proffit and Taylor Replogle also added hits for Watauga.
Wilkes County wasted little time in the nightcap getting its offense going as it plated eight runs in the bottom of the first.
The Flashers added four more runs in the second and one more in the third to lead 13-0 after three innings.
Post 130 broke up the shutout with two runs in the top of the fourth inning but it wasn’t enough to continue the game, which ended after three-and a-half innings due to the mercy rule.
Like Curry did in the opener, Arden Wagoner turned in a solid performance inside the pitching circle. The rising sophomore at Starmount allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two in a winning effort.
Paige Phillips paced the Flashers at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance while Kacey Triplett, Presley Dancy and Sophie Nichols each finished with one hit each and drove in a pair of runs.
Curry (added an RBI) and Ferguson each added a hit as well.