The Lady Cougars dashed around the bases with four runs in the opening frame against Pendleton County en route to an 8-0 five-inning victory in Baker on Monday.
“I’m very proud of my girls. The keys are finally stringing some of our hits together,” East Hardy Softball Coach Ashley Taylor stated.
“Some of our girls have been struggling, but they have been fixing what they need to and starting to make solid contact again so that’s a plus. That was a pretty big win for us in our conference. Hopefully we can keep building wins in our conference play.”
East Hardy pitcher Leanna Basye fielded a groundout for Lady Wildcats leadoff batter Megan Simon with the throw to first baseman Brooke Miller.
Pendleton County’s Taylor Townsend notched a single into right field, then stole second and third bases.
Basye struck out Leah Loudermilk and Townsend was stranded on a groundout by Mariah Huffman which was collected by shortstop Julia Hahn.
In the bottom of the first inning, Pendleton County pitcher Mariah Huffman issued walks to the Lady Cougars’ first two batters Lexi Strawderman and Julia Hahn.
East Hardy’s Skye Metzer bunted to Tiffany Perry along the third base line and the throw over to second base wasn’t in time to get Hahn as the bases became loaded.
Strawderman scored on a walk given to Brooke Miller to put the Lady Cougars up 1-nil.
Basye sent a grounder down the third base line and it took a wicked hop off the glove of Perry allowing Hahn to score.
East Hardy’s Emma Baker hit into a fielder’s choice with Metzer out at home plate for the first out.
Jessica Smith garnered an RBI single into left field and Rebecca Whetzel was issued a walk to lift the Lady Cougars to a 4-0 advantage.