WA Softball 2012 Conference Tourney Champs (vs EM 5/3/12)
May 4, 2012By Theresa Bell of Western Alamance High School
Softball crown fits for W. Alamance in third try vs. Eden Morehead
Story Courtesy Times-News
EDEN — It is hard to beat a good team three times in one season and the Western Alamance softball team proved that Thursday night as it faced off with Eden Morehead in the final of the Mid-State 3-A Conference Tournament.
Senior Kelsey Akers homered to lead off the game and scored two runs as the Warriors avenged two earlier losses to the Panthers with a 5-3 victory at Freedom Park.
Western Alamance (21-3) handed Eden Morehead its first loss of the season thanks to timely hitting and nearly mistake-free softball.
“We were really excited to have another chance to play Morehead,” Akers said. “We really wanted to win this game because we didn’t like losing the first two.”
One misplayed ball between the infield and outfield was the only defensive miscue for the Warriors, who committed eight errors in the first two games with Eden Morehead.
“No errors,” said Western Alamance coach Donna Deaton. “That was the difference between (this game) and the first two games. (This game), we didn’t beat ourselves.”
All three meetings have been decided by two runs with Eden Morehead winning 6-4 and last week’s season-regular finale, 5-3.
Akers, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, set the tone in the first inning against Eden Morehead’s Evie Scott.
Western Alamance added three more runs in the third inning, the first coming on a Sydney Brooks RBI single and another on a RBI bunt single from Merritt Wilkinson. Eden Morehead gave the Warriors their third run on a two-out throwing error.
“I was hoping the home run would set the tone with everyone else,” Akers said.
And as Western Alamance added a fifth run in the top of the fifth inning, the story was becoming about “missed opportunities” for the home team.
Eden Morehead drew a pair of walks to begin the bottom of the second, but was unable to score and loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth and fifth innings but mustered just one run.
Western Alamance used Miles and Jessica Griffin to slow down the Panthers’ lineup. The duo allowed two hits and had eight strikeouts (Miles 6, Griffin 2).
In the bottom of the seventh, Morehead's Scherer walked to get things started and some wildness from Griffin allowed her to come around and score — cutting the deficit to 5-3.
Griffin got back-to-back strikeouts and a fly out to Peyton Hyler in right field to end the game.
Joining Akers on the all-tournament team were Miles and Brooks.