After a strong runner-up finish at the Gulf Shores (Ala.) Classic during the opening week of the new softball season, the defending state runner-up Walker Valley squad has been on fire this week, …
After a strong runner-up finish at the Gulf Shores (Ala.) Classic during the opening week of the new softball season, the defending state runner-up Walker Valley squad has been on fire this week, notching a trio of impressive victories in three straight days.
After junior Natalie Pruitt hurled a perfect game against Kingston on Tuesday, as reported in the Banner, the Feisty Fillies opened District 5-AAA play with a 12-2 stampede past McMinn County Wednesday and followed that up with an impressive 7-1 win over region foe Rhea County last night.
During the three-game streak, Walker Valley (8-3, 1-0 District 5-AAA) scored 29 runs on 39 hits, while allowing just three scores on a dozen hits, with the one hitch in the Mustang getty-up being commiting seven errors in the last two outings.
Walker Valley will return to its home diamond next week, hosting Sweetwater Monday, Ooltewah Wednesday and Bradley Central Thursday.
Lady Mustangs 7
Lady Eagles 1
Walker Valley broke open a close game (3-1) with a run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to claim the game in Evensville Thursday.
Hallie Leslie, Laney Harris and Allie Geren led the Fillies' offense, each going 2-for-4 at the dish.
Leslie and Geren both ripped doubles with the former driving in a pair of teammates and scoring a run, while the latter completed the circuit twice. Harris also scored a run.
Carissa Frost, Michelle Benson, Hannah Kate Singleton and Katelyn Howell each helped out with run-scoring hits.
Sydney Everett went the distance in the circle for the victory, scattering five hits, walking just one and allowing just one earned run.
Lady Mustangs 12
Lady Cherokees 2
A four-run first at bat for Walker Valley put the pressure on the hosts, who were able to trim the deficit in half before the Fillies tacked on two more runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Harris paced the 22-hit WV attack, going 5-for-5 with a trio of doubles and a home run to drive in four runs and score three times.
Howell, Benson and Singleton each went 3-for-5 at the dish. Howell drove in a trio of runs with a dinger and a two-bagger, while Singleton laced a double and plated a teammate.
Benson ripped a two-bagger, drove in a run and scored three times herself. Geren went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Pruitt toed the rubber, allowing seven hits, while striking out four and issuing just one free pass for the complete-game victory.
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