CANDLER – Computer-generated rankings are always a little suspect.
But if Wednesday night’s Enka-Reynolds softball game needed any more hype, it has got it.
MaxPreps positioned the Sugar Jets and Rockets first and second, respectively, in this week’s state rankings for NCHSAA 3-A. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Enka’s Griffin Park, following a JV game between the two schools.
Enka (7-0, 3-0) also had some business to take care of Tuesday with a home matchup against Asheville High, while Reynolds (7-0, 3-0) was idle.
“We’re very excited about this game,” Rockets coach Larry Brow said.
“It’s a game that down deep you know that every one of your players keeps it in their thoughts a little bit. We know each other really well. We’re going to go over there (Wednesday) and we hope it’s a dogfight. I expect that both teams will step up their effort a little bit.”
Averi Arrowood (.625), Kenzie Duncan (.450), Brentlie Holmes (.375), Callie Harris (.357), Cami McLaughlin (.353), Maitland Moore (.333), Josie Harris (.333) and Amaron Craig (.312) have all been batting .300 or better for Reynolds.
Leading hitters for the Sugar Jets are Alabama recruit Kloyee Anderson (.563), Brittany Fletcher (.455), Claire Crout (.429), Whitney Fletcher (.400), Mariah Foxworth (.400), Danielle Harris (.385), Addison Harris (.385), Payton Trantham (.333) and Courtney Pearson (.333).
Harris (Montreat) and Pearson (Queens) are both college-signed pitchers who are undefeated so far this spring.
“Any time you play in front of your home crowd is huge,” Enka coach Jennifer Kruk said.
“We’re playing 14 out of our 22 (regular-season) games at home. We don’t take that for granted, Our fans come out and they are awesome. A game between us and Reynolds is big anywhere you play it. Those games with them last year helped us show who we were. They smacked us in the mouth and our kids definitely showed some fight.”
Enka won both of 2015 matchups with the Rockets, but just barely. The scores were 9-8 for a game at Enka and 13-11 for a game at Reynolds.