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West starts season 3-0

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

After the West Brunswick High School softball team improved to 3-0 by beating South Columbus 14-4 Monday afternoon, West coach Joe Noble succinctly assessed his team:

“Right now, when you’re hitting the ball the way we are and scoring as many runs as we’re scoring—and Carly (White) is pitching the way she is pitching—it’s kind of hard to lose.”

Against the Stallions, every player in the lineup reached base as least once. White, the winning pitcher, also was the top hitter. She was 3-for-4 with a triple, a two-run home run and five RBIs.

“This bunch can hit,” Noble said. “We fully expected that to happen. We knew it was a matter of time before we put a whooping on somebody.”

Lucia Bowling finished 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

First baseman Paige Ward was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. She also had an unassisted inning-ending double play in the fourth.

Catcher Anna Hart doubled and had one RBI in going 2-for-3. She also threw out runners trying to steal second base in the first inning and the second inning.

Courtney Clewis reached base three times in four at-bats with a walk, an error and a fielder’s choice. Emily Gore reached base three times in four at-bats with two walks and a fielder’s choice.

Stacy Jackson was 1-for-3 with a walk. Gabby Sanders walked. Kristi Vance walked and drove in the 14th run in the six-inning game.

White gave up four hits in the nonconference game. She walked five, hit one and struck out four. In her first full season of pitching, she has been dominating so far.

“Nobody is hitting the ball hard off her,” Noble said. “You couldn’t ask her to do anything more.”

White’s two-run home run to center field in the first inning put West ahead 3-1. Her single to left field in the third drove in two more runs.

In the fifth, Bowling doubled down the third-base line and scored on White’s stand-up triple to right field. Ward also singled in a run in the inning, giving West an 8-1 lead.

Two West errors in the sixth allowed South Columbus to score three runs.

But West ended the game in the sixth. A single by Bowling drove in a run, and a double by Hart put West ahead 12-4. Ward followed with a run-scoring double. After Sanders walked, a groundball by Vance put West ahead by 10 runs and ended the game.

Noble, however, knows his team can improve. Against South Columbus, Trojan errors allowed three runs to score. And against top-flight competition in close games, that usually leads to losses.

“When we get into conference play,” Noble said, “it’s going to be tough. By right now, they got their A game on.”

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S. COLUMBUS 2

TABOR CITY—The pitcher with the best control decided this softball game Thursday between West Brunswick and South Columbus.

The Trojans scored their first four runs off wild pitches en route to a 9-2 victory.

Trojan pitcher Carly White struck out nine batters, walked two and hit one in West’s second straight victory of the season. She gave up six hits in the seven-inning game.

West scored in the first when Lucia Bowling walked with two outs and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

In the second, Paige Ward and Kristi Vance both walked, and they also scored on wild pitches.

With two outs, Courtney Clewis doubled. Bowling walked. A new pitcher threw a wild pitch, allowing a run to score. White singled in a run for a 5-0 lead. Emily Gore was hit by a pitch. Anna Hart doubled to right field, extending the lead to 7-0.

West scored once in the fourth on a double by Hart, driving in Bowling, who had led off with a walk.

In the seventh, Gore led off with a single and scored when Hart reached on an error.

The Stallions scored their only runs in the third on a two-out triple, an infield single and a double. White allowed two hits the rest of the game.

Hart was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. White was 2-for-3 with a walk and one RBI. Bowling was 1-for-2 with two walks. Gore was 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Clewis finished 1-for-4. Gabby Sanders was 1-for-4. Vance walked in three at-bats. Ward walked in three at-bats.

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NORTH 2

Lucia Bowling’s two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run in West’s season-opening victory March 4.

Stacy Jackson led off the inning with a walk. Courtney Clewis singled. Bowling then tripled.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.