The Warriors’ bats were red hot on Monday afternoon as the East Wake softball team hosted and mercy ruled Knightdale, 18-5.
“We’re glad to get a win against our rival team,” said East Wake head coach Melissa Bell. “I was happy with the defense and the way we hit the ball. I feel like we were patient at the plate.”
The team was both patient and extremely aggressive in their at-bats. East Wake (5-2, 3-2 Greater Neuse River 4A) totaled 15 hits in the four innings played, as the lineup consistently showed confidence and composure in the box.
“We didn’t over-swing or get too anxious,” said Warrior junior Annabeth Watkins. “Our defense was solid. I think we only had two errors. We’ve really tried to limit those this season.”
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Where East Wake succeeded, Knightdale (4-6, 2-3) nosedived, as errors were a giant factor in the Knights’ loss. On the field, Knightdale gave up five hits due to missed pop ups, and wasted several defensive opportunities on overthrows and poor tracking in the infield.
“Our girls have to get past errors,” said Knightdale head coach Clifton Davis. “We have to learn to keep working hard and keep pushing through, and don’t let one mistake mess the whole game up for us. We’ve got to get our heads in the game.”
Knightdale showed a promising start in the first inning after grabbing an early 3-0 advantage, but East Wake struck right back by notching six runs in the bottom of the inning. The Knights surrendered a trio of walks in the frame, and two Warrior runners cleated the plate on wild pitches that found the backstop.
Sophomore pitcher Madison Swiger had a sound outing in the circle for East Wake. In her three innings pitched, she allowed four runs, four hits and three walks, while dishing three strikeouts.
East Wake had a strong grip for the remainder of the game defensively, and continued to pour it on at the plate.
The Warriors tallied two runs in the second inning and continued to connect in the third. The team totaled six runs in the frame, and Knightdale’s errors continued to add up, allowing runners to ceaselessly round the diamond as the score jumped to 14-4.
East Wake’s scoring clinic persisted in the fourth inning, when the team added its final four runs – three of which came at the benefit of wild pitches.
“To be able to produce at the top of the lineup, at the bottom, and in the middle is something that we’ve been working on,” Bell said. “The goal of the day was to get some runs every inning and we did that. That’s something that’s important in every game that you play.”