CARY — The Middle Creek softball team is still perfect in conference play, and it showed why on Friday against visiting Green Hope.
After Green Hope cut a two-run lead in half with Falcons catcher Lexi Ross scoring on a Middle Creek throwing error, the Mustangs answered emphatically.
A three-RBI double by Middle Creek senior Emily Franks in the bottom of the fourth put the Mustangs up for good, as they went on to win 10-3.
Sophomore pitcher Kylie Majette allowed just five hits and one earned run for Middle Creek (5-1, 4-0)
Putting up numbers: Majette, a lefty, hit her spots consistently for six strikeouts and just one walk in seven innings pitched.
“Our pitchers, they know that that’s their job,” Middle Creek coach Robbie Wray said. “If they can throw like she did tonight, we’re going to be in most ballgames. She did a phenomenal job.”
At the plate, Majette went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Other top hitters for Middle Creek were: senior Camille Hobson, who went 2-for-2 with a double; Franks, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two doubles; and junior Erica Adams, who recorded a three-RBI triple.
What worked: When Middle Creek was able to get runners on base, its bats came alive in a big way. Leading 2-1 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Franks ripped a crucial double that stretched the lead to 5-1. Any threat of a Green Hope comeback was ruled out on by Adams, the No. 8 hitter for the Mustangs, on her triple in the bottom of the fifth.
Needs improvement: Errors proved costly for the Falcons (2-4, 1-3) in both the third and fourth innings. A fly ball off the bat of Majette was bobbled in left field in the third, and Majette scored two batters later.
In the following inning, Middle Creek sophomore Alie Burghardt laid down a bunt that produced a run when the throw to first missed its target, scoring the Mustangs’ Megan Walker.