WA Softball vs SA (4/11/12)
April 12, 2012By Theresa Bell of Western Alamance High School
Brooks' slam powers Western Alamance past Patriots
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ELON — Western Alamance and Southern Alamance continued season-long trends in a non-conference softball game Wednesday.
The trends were ones that favored the Warriors, and left Southern Alamance with a sour taste again.
As has been normal for Western Alamance, the host Warriors struck in their second time going through the batting order. Western Alamance scored five runs in the fifth inning, pulling away for a 7-1 victory.
Sydney Brooks provided the key hit of the inning and the game, breaking a 1-1 tie with two outs and a full count with a grand slam over the left-center field fence. She was 3-for-4 and also hit a double in the fourth.
Coach Donna Deaton said her team has made a habit of scoring in its second time through the order.
“Usually … after they see a pitcher one time, they start hitting,” Deaton said of her team. “If they haven’t played them or haven’t seen them in a long time, they’ll start picking it up and start hitting.”
That recipe for Western Alamance (12-2) coincided with Southern Alamance’s propensity to surrender one bad inning, which turned out to be the fifth against the Warriors.
The fifth began as routine as possible, with Christina Walker popping up to SA's pitcher to lead off the inning. But the pitcher had trouble with the ball’s spin and dropped the ball, allowing Walker to reach first on the error.
Western Alamance followed with three straight singles by Jessica Griffin, Madison Bell, and Kelsey Akers but was kept off the board thanks to an assist by right fielder (throwing Walker out at home).
A lineout to shortstop by Kendall McKinney put the Patriots (7-8) one out away from escaping the inning unharmed, but Brooks reversed that possibility with one swing.
“She just had a beautiful swing on that one. She’s been due,” Deaton said of Brooks. “She’s been someone who has been working this past week, week and a half.”
The Warriors added another run with back-to-back doubles by Tyler Miles and Merritt Wilkinson, and scored again in the sixth.
For Western Alamance, the team sticks together through its time of adjustment early in games, according to Kendall McKinney.
“It doesn’t really get frustrating,” McKinney said of the Warriors’ slow starts. “We kind of bond together, and we know that we have each other’s backs.”
Jessica Griffin picked up the win on the mound for the Lady Warriors, striking out 4 - allowing 5 hits, and giving up the one unearned run. WA collected a total of 10 team hits.