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Originally published: 2014-03-28 22:47:57
Last modified: 2014-03-28 22:48:42

WHS baseball team falls, softball team wins

by Staff Reports

MORGANTON -- Defense continued to be a problem for Watauga's baseball team Thursday night at Patton.

Watauga committed six errors in a 9-7 loss to Patton in a Northwestern Conference showdown. The Pioneers have lost three straight and five of their last six.

Patton's defense wasn't so stellar, either. The Panthers committed five errors, two that led to a four-run Watauga rally in the top of the first inning.

But Patton answered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first inning with the help of two Watauga errors.

The teams traded leads several times, but Patton took the lead for good with a three-run rally in the fourth inning to go in front 8-7. Watauga had a chance to tie in the sixth inning, but relief pitcher Brock Toner retired three Pioneers in a row after the first two in the inning got on base.

Toner tossed three scoreless innings in relief of starter Payton Mull to pick up the save.

Watauga's Utah Jones suffered the loss on the mound for the Pioneers.

Watauga was supposed to play Hickory on Friday, but the game was postponed until Monday at Watauga's field.



MORGANTON -- Watauga pitcher Michala McCune scattered three hits and struck out seven in the Pioneers' 3-1 victory over Patton in girls' softball Thursday.

McCune did not walk a batter for the Pioneers. Watauga's offense helped out by scoring a run in the first inning and two in the fifth.

Watauga scored in the first on an RBI single by Hope LaPointe, who drove in Shelby Winebarger. Watauga scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning when the Panthers misplayed Winebarger's bunt, which allowed Sarah Combs and Elizabeth Dollar to score.

Patton made one last effort to score runs in the sixth inning when the Panthers loaded the bases, but McCune retired the next two batters.

A Watauga error allowed Rachel Barrier to score, but McCune struck out the next Panther to end the threat.

Watauga did not host Hickory because of inclement weather. The teams will play at Watauga's field on Monday.