Topsail, Laney softball roll; Mathis, Marks guide Hoggard to big conference win at West Brunswick

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Topsail 10     Ashley 0 

 Topsail took care of business on Friday to close out the week in conference play as the Pirates shutout Ashley 10-0 to grab a bounce-back victory in the division.

Victoria Elder. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Victoria Elder. Photo by Joe Catenacci

Coming off their only loss in league play, Alyssa Randall, Keri White, Victoria Elder and Christine McLean all had multi-hit games to lead a well-balanced attack. Elder also struck out six in six shutout innings to earn the win.

The Pirates played small ball in the third and used base hits with less than two outs to produce the first run of the game. Topsail tacked on two more in the fourth and broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning to complete the regular season sweep against Ashley.

White, Elder and Maddy Laster had 2 RBI’s each and seven different players scored at least one run in the 11-hit attack.

Topsail recorded its 16th win of the season and remains the team to beat in the division with an 8-1 mark in league play. Ashley fell to 4-5 in conference and 6-10 on the year.

Box score                R   H  E

Topsail  001 252    10  11  0

Ashley   000 000     0    4   1

WP: Victoria Elder (6IP, 0R, 4H, 0BB, 6K)

LP: Hannah Borring

RBI: Keri White (2); Maddy Laster (2); Victoria Elder (2); 2B: Keri White; Victoria Elder; Christine McLean; Danielle Parks; SB: Hunter Bizzell (2)

 

Hoggard 7   West Brunswick 3

 The West Brunswick softball team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night as the Hoggard Vikings grabbed a 7-3 victory in Shallotte.

Morgan Mathis delivered for Hoggard on Friday. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Morgan Mathis delivered for Hoggard on Friday. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

Making her 14th start in the circle, Morgan Mathis paced Hoggard at the plate and delivered a strong outing on the stripe to move to 7-5 this season. Melissa Marks also belted a pair of doubles of the wall to go 2-for-4 at the plat.

Hoggard kept West Brunswick off the board in the bottom of the first when Mathis picked up a big strikeout to leave a runner stranded on third.

Hoggard took a 1-0 lead in the second after Melissa Marks doubled to get into scoring position, while Mathis recorded the run batted in to help her own cause.

The Vikings loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but scored just one run in the inning on an infield hit by Mia Boone. West Brunswick answered in the bottom of the frame to get on the board and cut the deficit to 2-1, but Mathis and Brooke Benton came up clutch with the bases loaded again in the fifth during a three-run rally to grab a 5-1 lead.

With Hoggard in front 5-3, Olivia Hawkins brought in Boone to put the exclamation point on the victory as the Vikings added two more insurance runs during their final at-bat.

Hoggard improved to 5-4 in conference and 12-6 overall. West Brunswick fell to 5-3 in the division and 10-6 this season.

Hoggard            010  130  2   –   7

W. Brunswick 000 120  0   –  3

 

Laney 14    New Hanover 3

The Bucs finished a perfect week in conference with their sixth straight win following a 14-2 route against New Hanover. Laney remains one game back from Topsail with a 6-2 mark in league play, improving to 12-5 overall.

Ana Williams went 2-for-2 at the plate with 3 RBI’s to lead, while Alleigh Clyayter hit a double. Freshmn Tristen Horrell moved to 5-3 on the stripe.

 

 

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