WHS softball team falls to Alexander Central
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
TAYLORSVILLE — For years, Alexander Central’s softball team had done multiple things well. Taking advantage of opponents’ mistakes is on that list.
The Cougars scored three unearned runs, two of them in a six-run sixth inning, and beat Watauga 9-0 at Central Park Wednesday. Alexander Central (7-1, 3-1 NWC) broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth after Watauga failed to score two runs with one out in the top half of that inning.
Watauga (2-3, 1-2 NWC), fresh off a 10-0 drubbing from West Forsyth two days earlier, did not allow the No. 2-ranked Cougars jump out to a big lead. Centrals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an unearned run scored by Taylor Wike, and two runs in the fourth when Averi Miller and Christina Krider both scored runs.
Alexander Central finished with 12 hits, all of Watauga starter Kim Robinson. Krider finished with three hits, while Miller had two. Wike settled for one hit, but scored two runs.
Watauga’s offense settled for three hits, though Alexander Central pitcher Kiana Millsaps struck out just three Pioneers. Michala McCune doubled in the second inning, but was stranded at third base.
Watauga had a chance to score runs in the sixth inning when Taylor Drummonds and Riley Pudney hit back-to-back singles with one out. Alexander Central chose to pitch to Robinson, who hit a towering home run at Central Park in 2012.
Robinson ended up grounding out, which moved Drummonds to third base and Pudney to second. Hope LaPoint popped up to end the threat.
Watauga is scheduled to host South Caldwell Tuesday, weather permitting.