Foard's softball team beats Watauga 12-1
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Foard's softball team scored five runs in the sixth inning of its 12-1 victory over Watauga at Watauga's field Tuesday afternoon.
Foard got a three-run double from Erynne Chalk that gave the Tigers an 11-1 lead and virtually eliminate any home of Watauga staging a game-saving rally. Chalk was a thorn in the collective side of the Pioneers since she hit an RBI double in the fifth inning, and scored on a Ricki Kunn double.
Chalk was driven home in the sixth inning on a fielder's choice hit by Michaela Wilson.
Watauga managed to keep the game close for five innings. The Pioneers trailed 3-0, but scored in the bottom of the third inning when Michala McCune drove in Kristen Gill with a single. Gill led off the inning with a double.
McCune also led off the second inning with a double and reached third on a single by Hope LaPointe. Rachel Cox was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. But Kunn, who was Foard's pitcher, set the next two Watauga batters back to the bench to end the inning.
"We were talking to the girls about having that fire," Watauga coach Stephanie Kostis said. "When you have a runner in scoring position, you have to want to be in that position. You want to have that batter up to hit that person in. You want to have that fire and not be nervous."
McCune was 2-for-3 for the Pioneers. Watauga finished with six hits in the game, but Kunn managed to retire the final six Pioneers, after walking Sydney Jones to start the sixth inning, to end the game.
Jones, Megan Jackson and Rachel Hawkins all hit singles for the Pioneers.
Chalk finished with three of Foard's nine hits. Foard also benefitted from Watauga pitchers hitting six Foard batters. The Tigers' leadoff batter, Delaney Dellinger, was hit by a pitch three times. She reached base in all five of her at-bats.
Watauga had its chances to score runs, but struggled with runners got on base. Watauga left eight runners on base. Five of them were in scoring position.
"You never want that," Kostis said of the hit batsmen. "One good thing we can take away from this game is we hit the ball and we were hitting the ball solid and hitting the ball hard. I think the key words for today were missed opportunities."