By Tommy Keeler Jr.
QUICKSBURG -- Mary Wakeman had a feeling she had a little more power in her pink bat on Monday -- and she was right.
The senior hit an inside-the-park home run to help Central to an 11-0 non-district softball victory over Stonewall Jackson. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
"I'm never one for power," Wakeman said. "Before the game, I told [Central] coach [Lisa] Rhodes, I'm feeling powerful today and she commented on [the bat] being pink and pink is powerful. I made contact and it felt good, so I didn't even look at the ball. I didn't know if it was going to be caught, or if it was an infield fly, I just took off and once I get going I just can't stop."
It was Wakeman's first home run of her career. It was part of a nine-run first inning that helped the Falcons start the season off strong.
Rhodes said she was very pleased with how well the team performed in the first game of the season.
"They were very aggressive at the plate," Rhodes said. "They had a lot of solid hits."
Bekah Ansbro pitched the complete game for the Falcons in the circle. The sophomore threw a two-hitter and struck out nine.
Amber Welch and Emily Ball each had a hit for the Generals.
"Overall, my girls didn't give up," Stonewall Jackson assistant coach Suzanne Rubenstein said. "They got a little overwhelmed in the first inning. That next four innings they shut them down, that says a lot about them. I saw a lot of nice things."
Wakeman scored two runs, and had three RBIs, and Katelyn Poston went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double for the Falcons. Morgan Davis went 3-for-4 and Shennan Waldron was 2-for-3 for Central.
The Falcons have several players from the girls basketball team, which went all the way to the state semifinals, on the softball team, and have high hopes for the softball season.
"We have the same core group of seniors [from basketball]," Poston said. "I think we can continue to build from basketball into softball, and be able to go just as far if not further."
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