Wake Forest-Rolesville head coach Doug Kinsman wanted his team to get off to a good start in an elimination game against Alexander Central. However, that good start belonged to his opponents, as they started hot and cruised to a 10-2 win for the girls’ softball 4-A NCHSAA state title Saturday at Walnut Creek softball complex.
“I’m a realist. I told my girls it’s all dependent on how you guys start this ballgame, is how it’s going to finish,” Kinsman said. “This game was won in the first and second inning. If we score early with those girls in scoring position early in the game, and we get (Alexander Central) thinking a little bit, maybe the outcome is a little different.”
WFR (20-5) had runners on second and third with only one out in the top of the first inning but failed to score as winning pitcher, Bailey Rhoney, used a strikeout and pop-up to end the threat.
Alexander Central then exploded for nine runs in the first four innings chasing starting pitcher Brittaney Dahle, who pitched Friday night, after two-and-a-third innings.
“We’re going to hit the ball,” Alexander Central head coach Monte Sherrill said.
Alexander Central (33-1) scored one run in the first off a bases-loaded hit-batter; two runs in the second inning on three straight hits and a sac-fly; three runs in the third off two walks and two singles; and three runs in the fourth off reliever Chelsea Cunningham, with two walks and two doubles.
“Once it got to the point where (Alexander Central) scored a couple of runs, those girls started smelling blood and it was all over because of everything they could do,” Kinsman said. “They dictated the way we played instead of us dictating the way we wanted to play.”
Rhoney, the series MVP, stymied WFR hitters for the most part, holding them to only three hits.
Wake Forest-Rolesville got on the board in the fifth when Allison Scarboro doubled and later scored from third on a passed ball. Later Leah Siver scored on a double steal from third when Delane Smith stole second. But that only cut the lead to 9-2, and Alexander Central scored in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-single by Vada Sherrill.
The 8-9-1-2 hitters for Alexander Central were a combined 8-for-16 with seven RBIs.
“They have a very good ball club and are very deserving to be our state 4-A Champions,” Kinsman said.