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Lady Trojans beat South Brunswick in no-hitter

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By Sarah Sue Ingram, Beacon Correspondent

 SHALLOTTE — Two West Brunswick softball pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Trojans shut out South Brunswick 9-0 Thursday night in a conference game.

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Junior Caroline Gore recorded six strikeouts in three innings and freshman Maddie Emmons had nine strikeouts in four innings.

“I’m definitely proud of our pitchers,” West coach Joe Noble said.

While keeping their opponents hitless, the Trojans ripped off 13 hits. Bre Small (2-for-2 with a double) and Randaisa Daniels (1-for-1) both were perfect at the plate.

But it was Gore, the winning pitcher, who ignited West’s offensive fireworks in the bottom of the first inning. She launched a laser over the right field fence for her first home run of the season.

After an easy win over New Hanover the night before, Noble said, “I thought we might come out flat. But we came out strong. The one thing we were hoping to do was to jump out early, and we had six hits (in the first inning).”

The Trojans (2-1, 5-1) strung together four of those in a row. Gore’s homer was followed by consecutive singles by Ariana Thomas, Leilani Emile and Emmons.

Then, with two outs, Haley Long and Alysha Cortes had back-to-back base hits, and suddenly the Trojans, who had batted around, were ahead 5-0.

It looked as if a rout was on, but the Cougars fought back and kept the Trojans scoreless the next two innings.

“South Brunswick has a good, young team,” Noble said. “They’re going to get better, and Tony’s the man to do it.”

South Brunswick coach Tony Spivey said, “Kayla Bruner’s doing a good job on the mound. Obviously, our hitting needs to improve. We’re not aggressive enough. When you’re not hitting, it makes other things look more extreme.”

 The Cougars did put three runners on base. Emmons hit McKinley Horne with a pitch in the fourth and walked Bruner in the sixth, while Hanna Workman reached first base on West’s infield throwing error in the dirt in the fifth.

But no Cougars advanced past first base.

The Trojans added a run in the fourth when Small drilled a leadoff double down the left-field line, stole second and scored on Abbey Dyson’s single.

Nicole Phillips led off the fifth by lining the first pitch up the middle. After a fielder’s choice and sacrifice, Small drove in another West run when her hit landed over the shortstop’s head.

Skylar Wickel led off the sixth with a line drive to left field and scored on Emmons’ sacrifice fly to center field. Emile, who reached first when the South first baseman dropped a throw, scored West’s last run after back-to-back singles by Daniels and Long.

Emmons struck out the side in the seventh to end the game.

On Friday, March 21, West won 1-0 at Topsail in a conference game as Gore threw a one-hitter.

West scored its run in the seventh. After hits by Emmons and Phillips, Long singled home the run. Long finished with two of West’s five hits. Thomas also had a hit.

Gore struck out four and walked one.

West is 3-1 in the conference, 7-1 overall.

 

S. Brunswick    000 000 0—0 0 2

W. Brunswick 500 112 x—9 13 1

WP: Caroline Gore  LP: Kayla Bruner

West: Bre Small 2-2 (2B, RBI), Randaisa Daniels 1-1, Caroline Gore 1-2 (HR, RBI),

Haley Long 2-4 (2 RBI), Skylar Wickel 1-2, Ariana Thomas 1-2, Alysha Cortes 1-2,

Maddie Emmons 1-3 (2 RBI), Nicole Phillips 1-3, Abbey Dyson 1-4 (RBI), Leilani Emile 1-4.

 

West JV

West swept Socastee in a doubleheader, winning 5-0 and 19-0.

In the first game, Skylar Wickel was 1-for-1, Courtney Chappell was 1-for-2, Ashley Fletcher had two walks, Mackenzie Williams was 1-for-2, Myah Morse was 1-for-2 with a double, Sophie Hughes was 1-for-2 with a single.

Morse was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits and one walk. She struck out six.

In the second game, which lasted three innings, West batters walked 19 times. Christian Strickland was 2-for-2 with a double. McKenzie Benton, Chappell, Fletcher each had hits. Williams hit a triple. Skylar Wickel walked three times. Sam King had two hits.

Emily Clemmons was the winning pitcher, giving up one hit. She hit one batter and walked one. She struck out two.

On Thursday, March 20, West beat South Brunswick 16-3. Strickland was 2-for-4 with a triple. Fletcher had three hits. Benton was 2-for-4 with a double. Chappell had a hit. Williams was 2-for-4. Taylor Long had a hit. Morse was 2-for-4 with a double. Clemmons and King each had a hit. West walked eight times.

Clemmons was the winning pitcher. She gave up three walks and seven hits. She struck out one.

On Friday, March 21, West beat Topsail 12-2 in five innings. Emily Clemmons, Williams, Chappell each hit doubles. Benton was 3-for-4 with a double. Long was 2-for-4. Morse was 2-for-3 with a double. Fletcher was 2-for-3. King had a hit. Hughes was 3-for-3 with a double.

Morse was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits, walking three and striking out nine.

West is 8-0.

— Michael Paul

 

Sarah Sue Ingram, a member of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, is a

correspondent for the Beacon