With one game left to go, the Stafford softball team is laying its claim as the greatest run-scoring producer in Commonwealth District tournament history.
The Indians rolled to their second-straight, one-sided victory Thursday, pounding out 20 hits and batting through the order twice en route to an 18–5 victory over Brooke Point. Friday’s final between Riverbend and host Stafford is set for 4:30 p.m.
“Once we start hitting, its hard to stop us,” said senior Savannah Stone, who drove in three runs with two singles, a double and a triple. “[On my final at-bat] I was running up and down the dugout yelling, ‘I have a home run and I got the cycle.’ But I just went up there thinking just get a hit.”
Stone accomplished her mission, driving in the first of six runs the Indians scored in the seventh. Other hitting standouts included: Ashley Elliott (four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored), Evie Pettengill (two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored) and Caroline Adams (three hits, three runs scored and two stolen bases).
“We were a little rough in the beginning, but that’s always been the case,” said Adams, the Indians’ leadoff hitter. “But then we pick it up and work together and come away with the win.” The Indians opened play with a 15–2 trashing of Massaponax.
“We haven’t had much dirt time [outdoor practices] at all and I’m very impressed with the offense,” said Indians coach Jeff Clark, who has eight starters back from last season. “We have a lot of game left in our sleeves. It depends on what the [opposing] defense is doing.”
Stone pitched 2 1/3-innings of solid relief in place of starter Emily Arnett, while the Stafford defense did its part, turning a pair of double plays.
Cieria Foss had two hits for the Black–Hawks (1–1), who have road games scheduled Friday against King George and versus Liberty on Tuesday.
EMILY ARNETT, Savannah Stone (5) and Alyssa Bosket. CIERIA FOSS, Jena Marsden (7) and Neveah Arriga, Kylie Thuot (4) Arriga (7).
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Taylor Puig never got to bat but scored the winning run after being assigned second base to open the ninth inning, advancing to third on Mackenzie Snell’s sacrifice and scoring on Kaylee DeJesus’ double. Mountain View’s Caroline Pollock had the same opportunity from second base, but the Bears’ Alexi Benson shut down the threat on a pop-up to the second baseman and two strikeouts, giving her 12 for the game.
“It was one of my better pitching performances, but my hitting wasn’t on today,” Benson said. “I was focusing on first-pitch strikes, so I got ahead of the batters and throw more junk pitches. My cutter and curve were working really well.”
Mountain View’s Jessie Kantor was a tough-luck loser, limiting Riverbend to two hits and striking out 11 in going the distance. Two errors and a sacrifice produced the Bears’ first run, while Kantor singled and scored the Wildcats’ run in the seventh on a base hit by Layne Fritz.
The Wildcats (0–1) travel to Nokesville on Monday to play Patriot.
ALEXI BENSON and Kendall Jackson. JESSIE KANTOR and Annaliese Franklin.