West Johnston rolled up 10 doubles and pulled away from Cleveland for a 13-3 non-conference softball victory in seven innings Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats continued their torrid start to the season on offense. West has scored 51 runs in three games. After opening their season with a 20-0 win over Smithfield-Selma, West drilled Knightdale 18-1 on Thursday night in their Greater Neuse River 4A Conference opener.
The hits kept coming against the rival Rams. West notched 15 on the afternoon and scored multiple runs in every other inning of play.
Three of those aforementioned doubles came in a four-run fourth inning to put the Wildcats quickly on control the scoreboard.
Nadia Blevins doubled to open the game and scored on a single from teammate Tatum Tatum Brummitt. After Cleveland got athe second out of the inning, Hannah Cooper singled to get the West offense going again. That hit set up a double from Ashley McLaren that scored two runs. Megan Mills doubled in the next at bat, scoring McLaren and putting the Wildcats up 4-0.
Brummitt singled to start the West third and scored on Rachel Willis’ double. Cooper followed with her second double in as many at bats, plating Willis for a 6-0 advantage.
The Rams used some great defense to get out of the inning. With a runner at third, Mills hit a ground ball to short, which Alliyah Sands handled and threw to Skylar Allen at first for the second out, while Cooper broke for home. Allen threw to Ali Papworth at the plate who tagged Cooper out to end the inning.
Cleveland’s offense started to show life in the third as well, but the Rams could only load the bases and then leave them that way without a run crossing the plate.
An inning later, however, the Rams broke through. After Julia Wiggs walked and took second on a wild pitch, Papworth singled her home. Two batters later, Jodi Morgan singled Papworth home to cut the lead to 6-2.
But West pulled away with five in the fifth inning. Brummitt and Willis both doubled in runs, while Cooper had an RBI single to push the lead to 9-2.
Kaylea Eubanks finished off the frame with a two-run double to left field for an 11-2 lead.
A McLaren double started the final West scoring burst in the seventh.
Brummitt and Cooper were both 3-for-4 with two RBIs. McLaren, Cooper, Willis and Lauren Leclerc had two hits each. Tabby Herzig had two hits for the Rams.
Sands doubled and scored on a pitch that got away in the Cleveland fifth.
Both teams are dealing with pitching health issues. Mills, a standout last year for West in the circle, left the game after three innings because of back pain. Brummitt pitched the final four innings.
Cleveland (1-2) is waiting for the return of standout hurler Taylor Drayton who is in the final stages of her recovery from a knee injury.