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Lady Cats top Warriors 7-0

Stephanie King

With the regular season winding down, wins become more crucial than ever. The Eastern Randolph Lady Wildcats picked up a key road win on Friday at Wheatmore on senior night. Eastern Randolph entered the game 6-3 in conference play and 8-7 overall on the season, while Wheatmore was 4-5 in conference play and 7-9 overall on the season.

It would be a quick first inning of play as neither team could bring in any runs. Eastern Randolph would break open the game in the top of the second as they brought in three runs for a 3-0 lead. With two outs on the board Nicole Cox stepped to the plate for a single to give the Wildcats a base runner. Savannah Beaver picked up a deep single to score Cox for the first run of the game. Courtnee Carter added a second base runner with a single before a single from Olivia Hall scored Leighanna Ward and Carter. Hall would be thrown out at second for the final out of the inning. Eastern Randolph made quick work of the Warriors in the bottom of the inning. After two innings of play, the Wildcats led 3-0.

Shyanne Gay opened the top of the third with a single before scoring off a double from Brooklyn Rush. Kelsey Craven took a pitch to the arm for a free base to put runners on first and second. Wheatmore picked up the first out of the inning. Aniyah King laid down a bunt to score Rush and put runners on first and third. Cox would be thrown out at first on next at bat but was able to score Craven in the process. Beaver’s hit was caught for the final out of the inning.

Meredith McQuaigue opened the bottom of the third with a single but would be thrown out at second after a single from Hailey Mince. Skylar Swaney picked up a single to put runners on first and second. Easter Randolph would close out the inning with back to back outs. After three innings, Eastern Randolph led 6-0 over Wheatmore.

Both teams would go scoreless during the next three innings of play. Wheatmore put runners on base in the bottom of the sixth, but could not bring them in. The Lady Wildcats would tack on one more run in the top of the seventh to push their lead to 7-0. Craven would score the run off a single from Cox. Eastern Randolph loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but back to back outs would end the inning. The Warriors put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but the Wildcats kept them from scoring. Eastern Randolph got the win 7-0 over Wheatmore.

Savannah Beaver got the win in the circle for the Wildcats after giving up six hits and striking out three. She picked up three singles at the plate. Nicole Cox finished with three hits and one RBI, while Brooklyn Rush and Olivia Hall added two hits each.

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