Southern Wayne snapped Goldsboro’s five-game win streak with a 12-2 win in a non-conference matchup Wednesday evening.
“We wanted to be aggressive and hit the ball the way they know how to hit the ball. We got on base, and we moved our runners,” Southern Wayne head coach Jamie Williams said.
Goldsboro scored first when Amber Pfenning hit an RBI groundout. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the third inning, Southern Wayne decided it was time to string together some hits.
Allie Lane started the inning with a lead-off double, and then Abbey Parker hit a double that allowed Lane to score. Dawn Anderson brought a runner home after hitting an RBI single into the gap. Later in the inning, Caroline Summerlin, freshman Anna Summerlin and Mackenzie Bryan all hit RBI doubles.
“She was phenomenal at the plate,” Williams said about the freshman.
Suddenly, Southern Wayne led 5-1.
Though it had a lead, Southern Wayne was far from satisfied.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Anderson hit an RBI single that put the Saints up 6-1.
Bryan — the winning pitcher — struck the side in the top of the fifth inning. She finished with seven strikeouts and pitched a complete game. Bryan also went 3-for-4 from the plate with two singles and a double.
“Mackenzie pitched a wonderful game,” Williams said. “She hit her spots, every pitch we called she hit it.”
The Saints then scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lane recorded an RBI sacrifice fly, Parker hit a triple to right field that scored two, and Katie Toler hit an RBI single.
Now facing a 10-1 hole, the Cougars attempted to rally. Marcy Taylor hit an RBI single to make the score 10-2, but the Cougars were unable to score any more runs.
“I told the girls one thing about softball is it’s a long season,” Goldsboro head coach T.J. Lancaster said. “Overall this is one of those bumps in the road
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that happen. They’re a good ball team, and we’ll come stronger tomorrow.”
Southern Wayne ended the game in the sixth inning when Bryan hit an RBI double, and Kayla Raynor hit an RBI single to give the Saints a 10-run lead.
Parker finished the game 3-4 from the plate with two singles, a triple and two RBIs. Caroline Summerlin was 1-3 with a double, a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI, while Anna Summerlin was 3-4 with two singles, a double and RBI.
After the game, both teams went to the pitcher’s circle for a joint prayer in honor of Southern Wayne senior Kelly Dail’s mother, Stephanie Dail, who is battling cancer. The Southern Wayne volleyball team is selling #Stand4Steph T-shirts, and all proceeds will go to the Dail family.