Avery cruises past Watauga
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The game was stopped after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Watauga slipped into the loser's bracket and faces Ashe in an elimination game. The time and date of the game has not been announced.
Ashe lost 21-1 to powerful Wilkes County in the first game played at Watauga High on Thursday.
Watauga scored its lone run in the second inning when Taylor Lipford reached third base on a wild pitch. She scored after stealing home when Avery was not paying attention to her at third.
Avery pitcher Leah Ricker managed to keep control of Watauga's offense for most of the game. She sent the Pioneers down in order in the first and third innings, and got help with a double play in the fourth inning.
Ricker struck out three batters, but could not finish the game after she got hurt after colliding with a teammate trying to catch an infield pop up in the fourth inning.
Heaven Nelson came on in relief and did not allow a run in the fifth inning.
Molly Roark picked up Watauga's lone hit, a single, in the fourth inning. Lipford walked twice and Elise South also received a walk for Watauga.
Avery rapped out seven hits, including a three-run home run by Ricker in the second inning. Her fly ball went deep into the outfield, and she was able to run around the bases before Watauga could get the ball to the plate.