Wayland’s blasts carry William Monroe
FRONT ROYAL — On her first home run, Alexis Wayland felt surprise; on homer No. 2 she felt joy. On her last roundtripper of the night, Wayland, a sophomore catcher for William Monroe’s softball team, broke down and cried.
“I cried,” said a clear-eyed Wayland after her three circuit clouts led the Dragons to a 9-1 softball victory over Warren County in Bull Run District and Conference 28 showdown.
“On the first one I was kind of surprised because it went over the right field fence and I haven’t hit one over the right field fence this season,” said the 5-foot-3, 127-pound backstop. On the second one, I just thought, ‘I’ve done it again.’ When I hit that third one, I just broke down.”
Wayland clubbed home runs over the right, left and right field fences again in three at bats to lead the Dragon hitters, who pounded 11 hits off Warren starter Elizabeth Keener.
Every Dragon made contact with the ball as Wayland went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and as many batted in; winning pitcher Jessica Ford, a freshman, had two hits in three trips with two runs scored; Makala Thomas went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RB and Cheyenne Morris was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Ford doubled twice for the winning team (4-3. 1-1 BRD). From the circle, the young right-hander limited Warren County to six hits, none beyond first base. She struck out 10 in going the distance.
Just like in a shutout loss to James Wood on Monday, the Wildcats (3-3, 1-1) made costly miscues in the field (four errors) and at the plate. They left six runners on base.
“We had six hitters try to hit the first pitch. And when we did make contact we didn’t come around with our bats and drive the ball. We’ve got to become more aggressive in the batter’s box,” said Warren County coach Justin Stock.
Warren catcher Emma Wright, who singled three consecutive times, said, “We got off to a slow starter tonight. I think part of it was their pitcher (Ford) had a big windmill wind up, but didn’t throw the ball so hard. It was off speed and we swung at it.”
Wayland, who has connected on four home runs this year and 15 over her career, started off the Dragon scoring in the bottom of the second when she slammed a ball over the 200-foot rght field fence.
Morris followed with a double to left and came home with the Dragons’ second run of the inning on Emma Pickett’s base hit.
With two outs, ninth-hitter Jordan Shortridge laced a single up the middle and Pickett would come home on an error for a 3-0 lead.
Monroe was back at in the next inning. With one out, Wayland sent out a shot over the 200-foot left field fence for the 4-0 spread.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats scored their only run. Jay Salisbury walked and advanced to third on an error. Amelia Argos’ single got her in for a 4-1 score
Ford doubled in the top of the fifth. She moved to third on a wild pitch and then Wayland walked. Thomas singled sent home Ford.
The team scored three more run in the top of the seventh. Ford doubled to center and stole third. That’s when Wayland connected on her third home run of the game. Thomas walked, moved to third on a double-steal and came home on Pickett’s sacrifice fly.
Dragons 9, Wildcats 1
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WM-Ford (WP) and Wayland
WC-Keener (LP) and Wright