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Laine Marak connects with the ball as she looks to get on base for Wayne County Post 11.

Wayne County Post 11 opened the Legion softball season with an 11-2 home victory against Johnston County Post 109 on Monday night.

In the top of the first inning, Post 109 loaded the bases against pitcher Brianna Verme with only one out.

Verme was not fazed by the odds but was able to get the two outs she needed and held off any runs by forcing a flyout and a groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, Post 11 knew they had to take advantage of the their strong first inning on defense. They did so by scoring four runs in the inning. The first run came from an RBI single by Mackenzie Millard. The second run of the inning came when the Post 109 pitcher walked Mackenzie Amodeo with the bases loaded. The last two runs of the inning came off a two-RBI single from Brittany Butts that scored Cana Shrock and Laine Marak.

Verme continued to dominate on the mound in the second inning after she escaped the bases-loaded jam in the first inning. She quickly worked through the batters and kept the 4-0 lead for Post 11.

When Post 11 came up to bat again in the bottom of the second inning, they expanded the lead to 6-0 with a two-RBI double from Amodeo.

In the top fourth inning after falling down 7-0, Post 109 began to make an attempt at a comeback. They scored their first run of the game on an RBI triple, and they scored again with an RBI single to make the score 7-2. Post 11 answered back quickly and scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Two of the runs came from a two-run homer hit by Amodeo that scored Marak.

Post 11 held onto to their lead to win 11-2 in the fifth inning by mercy rule.

T.J. Smothers, Wayne County Post 11 head coach, said he was proud of the way his team performed in their first game of the season.

“I was impressed,” Smothers said. “We have a good team as long as we don’t make stupid errors. We are going to hit the ball and play defense. Briana (Verme) did well, and defensively we played well, and I don’t think we made an error.

Smothers said he believes his team can make the state championship game finals.

“I told the girls the state championship series is August 2 to 4 at Garner Webb University, and that is where we want to be,” Smothers said.