Sometimes advancing in the postseason isn’t as much about what you do as much as it is taking advantage of what your opponents don’t do well.
For Fuquay-Varina’s softball team, its first-round opponent had decent pitching -– but suspect fielding.
The Bengals only got four hits, but by continuing to put the ball in play, it placed more pressure on the Riverside fielders than they could handle. Fuquay walked away with a 11-2 road victory on Friday night, as Riverside had eight errors.
Catcher Alyssa White’s two-RBI double and Rachel Honrine’s infield single were the only two base hits that scored runs. Four errors came on scoring plays, as did three wild pitches.
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“We put the ball in play, we were aggressive on the bases. We tried to put some pressure on them to cause them to make some mistakes that obviously helped us,” said Fuquay coach Deb Clarke. “If you put the ball in play in a ground ball situation, three things have to happen so a lot of mistakes can happen. If you hit a pop up, only one mistake can happen.”
Fuquay, which was the 4-seed out of the Tri-Nine Conference, trailed 1-0 after Heather Ratcliff’s second pitch of the game. Riverside’s Allison McKellar blasted a home run, but Ratcliff didn’t have much difficulty the rest of the way.
Unlike Riverside’s shaky play in the field, Fuquay – which did have two errors – was solid defensively.
“We know that if we play solid defense and pitch where we need to pitch, we’ll be all right,” Clarke said.
Fuquay will now play at Leesville Road in Tuesday’s second round.
Hawks have no problem: No hits, no errors, no problem for Erica Nunn and the Golden Hawks on Thursday in their first-round game against Northern Durham. The Hawks play host to the Millbrook-Scotland winner in Tuesday’s second round.
Apex posts shutout: The Cougars kept Wakefield scoreless in a 4-0 win, advancing Apex to a second-round match against PAC-6 co-champ Person.
Mustangs wallop ECH: Middle Creek topped the 20-run mark for the fourth time this season in a 21-5 win against East Chapel Hill. The Mustangs play the top team in the Triangle next, with a road game against Wake Forest-Rolesville up on Tuesday.
Lee nearly gets upset: Lee County traveled to Wake Forest-Rolesville, and despite loading the bases in the sixth, couldn’t score in a 2-0 loss.
Falcons lose heartbreaker: Green Hope, the lone wild-card team in the 4A East side of the bracket, was close to upsetting Hope Mills South View. The Falcons led 1-0 but fell behind 2-1 going into the seventh. A play at the plate ended the game as Jessi Beech tried to score the tying run.