The West Wilkes varsity softball team wasted no time in christening the 2021 season by lighting up the scoreboard in Ronda.
The Blackhawks plated six runs in the first inning en route to a 19-0 victory over East Wilkes on March 16. It was the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference opener for both clubs.
“Our girls are off to a great start — their attitudes and work ethics are as good as a coach could ask for,” said Michael Woodruff, the Blackhawk coach. “These young ladies have shown great patience at the plate, and our defense and pitching has been spot on.”
West’s Lily Proffit threw a no-hitter in four innings of work. The freshman walked two, struck out nine and hit four batters in her prep debut.
Proffit and senior Carly Parsons slugged home runs. Junior Kendall Stanley went 2-for-2 with a triple and five RBIs. Parsons drove in four runs.
Senior Lizzie Church paced West with three hits.
She added three RBIs, as did Proffit.
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of young ladies and hardworking coaches for this 2021 softball season,” added Woodruff. “I’m looking forward to what the rest of this season has in store for us.”
The game was shortened to four innings due to the NCHSAA’s ten-run rule.
West shuts out Elkin
West Wilkes shut out Elkin, 13-0, in Millers Creek on March 17.
Senior Carly Parsons went the distance on the mound for West, allowing five hits while walking two and striking out one.
Freshman Jayla Fisher led the Blackhawks with a pair of doubles, driving in three runs.
Juniors Kendall Stanley and Kacey Triplett each had two RBIs. Fisher, Triplett, Presley Dancy, Lily Proffit and Lizzie Church each rapped two hits.
The Blackhawks improved to 2-0 while Elkin fell to 1-1. The game was shortened to five innings due to the NCHSAA’s ten-run rule.
Central tops East
A five-run sixth inning propelled Wilkes Central to a come-from-behind 8-5 win over East Wilkes in Moravian Falls on March 17.
Sophomore Madison Hamby and junior Saleen Miller rapped doubles in the pivotal sixth frame. Each player drove in two runs for the Eagles (2-0).
“Both Madison and Saleen delivered clutch doubles,” said Central Coach Colby Shell. “I have to tip my cap to East Wilkes—they came to play and jumped on us early. We started out slow again and this time it took us a little longer to get the bats started.”
Junior Isabelle Curry posted the complete-game win for Central. She allowed six hits and three earned runs while walking four and striking out seven.
The win sets up an early-season showdown with West Wilkes, another 2-0 team, on Tuesday. “We are working on some things and slowly getting better. On Tuesday we have to be on our A game,” said Shell.
Shell added that both teams met in center field to say a prayer for East’s Haley McManus. “Haley is a tremendous ball player. She has been battling health issues while still playing. She is a truly inspirational young lady and we want to support her going forward.”
East fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Trojans shut out Vikings
Alleghany moved to 2-0 with a 10-0 blanking of North Wilkes in Sparta on March 17.
The Vikings slipped to 0-2 on the season.
Central blanks North
Wilkes Central opened the season with a 12-0 shellacking of North Wilkes in Hays on March 16.
The Eagles scored nine runs in the fourth inning to put the game away and shorten it to five innings.
“We were slow starting out but once the ladies adjusted to the pitching we really came alive,” said Shell. “Saleen Miller and Katie Nichols both hit massive home runs and Isabelle Curry pitched like the ace she is. All in all we had a successful first outing and just hope to grow from it.”
Nichols, a junior, had a three-run blast in the fourth. Miller, another junior, paced the Eagles with four RBIs.
Curry and sophomore Madison Hamby each had three hits for Central. Curry drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. Senior Karlie Anderson stole three bases.
On the mound, Curry allowed no hits in four innings of work. The junior walked two and struck out 11.
Hamby relieved her in the fifth and gave up a hit while whiffing one.
The Vikings managed only one hit in the contest.