STAUNTON – It was not a good night at the plate for Carlee Abshire, going 0-for-5 and ending four innings with groundouts.
The freshman right-hander more than made up for the tough hitting luck with a solid performance in the circle.
Abshire hurled a complete game five-hitter, allowing just one unearned run to pace Wilson Memorial to an 8-1 softball victory over Robert E. Lee, Monday night at Montgomery Hall Park.
“I’m really proud of her,” said Green Hornet head coach Kim Claytor. “She’s got a good head on her shoulders and good composure to be as young as she is.”
In the top of the first, Wilson would get all the scoring it would need. With runners at second and third and one out, Hannah Cash lofted a deep fly ball that was dropped in the outfield. Two runs scored, giving the Hornets the early cushion.
In the bottom of the frame, Kodie Taylor was credited with a two-out double and later scored on an infield error, allowing the Lee Ladies to pull to within 2-1.
Cash plated another run in the third with a sacrifice fly, bringing in Cheridan Hatfield with the insurance tally.
In the fifth, Wilson Memorial collected six hits to break things open. Emma Huffman doubled home a pair and Torie Gorby singled in one, making it a 7-1 difference.
Huffman added another RBI-double an inning later, putting the finishing touches on the victory that moved the Hornets back above the .500 mark at 7-6.
“We’ve been working on our hits quite a bit, doing a lot of drills,” Claytor said. “It’s really paid off for us. We got a lot of key hits, but still left a couple of runners on base.”
For Lee High, it was a matter of not being able to get the big hit at the right time. The Lee Ladies were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring positions and stranded eight on base in the contest.
Sarah Brown and Hatfield paced the Wilson attack with three hits each. Destiny Courtney was a perfect 3-for-3 hitting in the loss for Lee.
WILSON 201 041 0 — 8 13 3
LEE HIGH 100 000 0 — 1 5 3
Abshire and Cooper-Turner. Darby and Taylor.
W – Abshire. L – Darby. HR – none.