Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Lady Predators’ bats were unleashed earlier this week. However, a tough contest ended the week on a down note.
Fox Creek (4-3, 2-0 Region 4-A) scored an eye-popping 33 runs against North to open the week and cruised to an easy 33-0 victory. They followed that up with another romp, this time against Williston-Elko, 19-1. However, in a matchup of the top five teams, Lewisville took home a 9-7 win.
Against North, the Lady Predators had four hitters with four hits – Hannah Culpepper, Morgan Matthews, Betty Vignati and Jada Simpson. The latter two paced the team with four RBIs, with Christy Buist having three hits and three RBIs. Erin Harrison led the team with five runs, with five other teammates also crossing the plate four times. Culpepper also pitched a no-hit shutout for her first win of the year.
“First time through the lineup, I think everyone got a base hit and scored,” head coach David Bell said. “After that I let them swing. You can’t turn off the hitting, but we stopped running. We just went station-to-station and didn’t try to run it up. However, when the ball goes to the fence you can’t tell your kid to go because they’re halfway down the baseline.”
Bell pointed out his team’s region isn’t a softball region. He did say that Williston was a tougher matchup, and it was an onslaught that was led by Vignati and Matthews.
“I think Betty got a hit just about every time up,” Bell said. “And Morgan was hitting everything. Then the bottom of the lineup started hitting. When we start hitting on all cylinders and get everything gelled in, we’re going to be fine.”
The Lewisville game was a clash of the No. 3 Lions and No. 4 Predators in the latest coaches poll. The game lived up to the hype, going into extra innings before Lewisville rallied in the eighth. Matthews led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. She was the only Predator with more than one hit.
Coming up, the Predators will play region opponent Ridge Spring-Monetta in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday night. After that they will hit the road at Wagener-Salley on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before going on the road for a rematch at Lewisville on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. They will wrap up the week at home on Monday against Cardinal Newman at 5 p.m.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.