A blowout win over a young Southeast Raleigh softball team sent East Wake into spring break on a high note, but the Warriors are mindful of what lies ahead when they return to action March 31.
“If we talk again in a week and a half and we’re 6-0, I will be very happy, because we come back to West Johnston and Clayton,” said East Wake coach Melissa Bell.
The Warriors took it to the Bulldogs, 26-1, in a game that was called after three and a half innings Thursday.
The victory finished off a three-win week for East Wake, which defeated Rolesville 4-0 on Monday and avenged a loss from last season with an 8-6 win over Millbrook on Wednesday.
“It’s great to start 4-0,” Bell said. “I feel like I’m not pleased yet with where we are. I think we’re a better team than we have shown.”
Bell used the Millbrook game as an example of her players starting strong but not finishing up to her expectations.
“We had a great start, a great middle, not a great ending,” she said. “It was 8-3 at the beginning of that game and Millbrook just hit the ball. They had eight or nine hits, and we had four and managed to beat them.”
Southeast Raleigh (0-4, 0-3 Greater Neuse River 4A) continues to look for consistent pitching, a void that rippled through the Bulldog defense against the Warriors.
“When you’ve got every ball is being put into play – either walking them or they’re getting on somehow – you’ve got to make plays and you make a lot of errors that way that,” said Southeast coach Gregory Watkins. “If you get a couple strikeouts here and there, every inning you don’t make as many errors because you’re not putting the ball out there where they can make them.”
Watkins, now in his third season with the team, maintained only a positive tone with his players despite the direction the game went.
“We’ve got a young team still and a lot of them are just still learning, and that’s kind of tough,” he said. “There’s the accomplishment of getting a few hits here and there and pitches improving from one game to another. But I’m still pushing at them hard trying to get them to think a little bit above that instead of just seeing the little, small things.”
Southeast got its lone run in the opening frame on a Kalyn Davis base hit that drove in Toni Nelson.