The Wilkes County junior legion softball team returned to its winning ways after a near two-week layoff on Monday night.

Post 31 earned a sweep of Watauga Post 130 in North Carolina American Legion Lady Fastpitch action at Watauga High School.

With the wins, the Flashers improved to 4-0-1 in their first games since June 17.

Post 31 will return home on Monday to face Hickory Post 48 before traveling to Marion next Wednesday to face McDowell Post 56 at Big League Camp.

Game 1: Wilkes County Post 31 10, Watauga Post 130 0

In the first game, Wilkes County rode a strong game from Lily Proffit to defeat Post 130. The game was called after four innings due to the mercy rule.

Proffit went the distance inside the pitching circle, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 11.

She also led the Flashers’ 10-hit attack at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance and had a solo home run in Post 31’s three-run fourth inning. Proffit also drove in a pair of runs.

Wilkes County began the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single from Jayden Hutchison. The rising eighth-grader at East Wilkes was one of three players (Proffit and Lyndsey Brookshire being the others) to finish with two hits.

The Flashers put some serious distance between them and Watauga with a six-run third inning. Post 31 sent 10 batters to the plate and was highlighted by an RBI single from Brookshire. Emily Coffey also drove in a run; all six of Wilkes’ hits in the inning were singles.

In addition to Proffit’s long ball, Eryn Ferguson added an RBI single.

Kenzie Church and Jayla Fisher also had base hits in the game for Post 31.

Game 2: Wilkes County Post 31 12, Watauga Post 130 0

Wilkes County pounded out 14 hits and received another stellar pitching performance in the nightcap win.

Madison Fletcher pitched a no-hitter with four strikeouts and was a walk away from pitching a perfect game. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Three runs backed her in the second inning along with four and five runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

The 12 runs were aided by a 14-hit attack. Fisher turned in a 3-for-3 performance with a home run in the third inning and an RBI triple in the fourth. She was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

Proffit followed up her strong first game with a 3-for-3 showing in the second game with a triple.

Hutchison (triple) and Church (double) each went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Despite not registering a base hit, Zoe Shatley gave Post 31 a 7-0 lead after three innings with a sacrifice fly.

Wilkes County put the game well out of reach in the top of the fourth with five runs as the Flashers sent nine batters to the plate.

Ferguson, Zoe Cheek and Abby Hatley also had one hit apiece for Post 31.

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