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Williamsburg Academy Bounces Back With 10-0 Win Over Pee Dee To Force Game Three Tie-Breaker At Robert E. Lee 7 P.M. Wednesday Night (Weather Permitting)

Williamsburg Academy Bounces Back With 10-0 Win Over Pee Dee To Force Game Three Tie-Breaker At Robert E. Lee 7 P.M. Wednesday Night (Weather Permitting)

By Billy G. Baker

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Kingstree—One day later, and playing much better at home, the Williamsburg Academy Stallions (22-3) bounced back from a first game 6-4 loss to defeat Pee Dee Academy 10-0 in game two of the best of three series on Tuesday night.

The third game neutral site tie breaker for the SCISA AA softball championship will take place at Robert E. Lee at 7 p.m. Wednesday night weather permitting. The weather forecast is showing an 80 per cent chance of rain throughout the day on Wednesday.

“I am honestly surprised to win by 10 runs and Pee Dee Academy (23-7) is usually a much better team and I can promise you no lead is safe against them,” said WA head coach Walt Fulton, who has promised to let his players shave his head bald if the Stallions win the state title Wednesday night. “We executed better tonight and honestly had some luck too. We have only lost one time at home in three seasons.

“During the season we got up on Pee Dee Academy 4-0 and they came back and beat us 5-4 and then we jumped up on them 5-0 in the state playoffs and they came back and beat us 7-6 so no lead is safe against them,” said Coach Fulton. “They truly are a good hitting team and game three should be a much closer and much more competitive game with the state tile on the line.

“Colleton prep got up on them 7 or 8 runs in the state playoffs and Pee Dee came back to score 11 runs and win the game on them. Please do not take tonight’s final score as an indication that we are just going to roll over them tomorrow. This game is over and I can assure you they will play much better at the neutral site. We will have to play our best softball to beat them.”

Coach Fulton said his team came to play the second game. “I could tell the team was loose and ready to play well tonight in warm-ups and since the second inning of our first game with Pee Dee Monday night we have played some of our best softball all season and I just hope it continues,” said Coach Fulton. “I give all the credit to the players who came in here tonight with a different mindset. They were more patient tonight and they did a good job of putting balls in play.”

Pee Dee Academy head coach Bill Rogers said after the game, “WA did everything right tonight and they played an excellent game,” he said. “We just could not make anything happen tonight and I told the girls in the huddle after the game that things like this happen.

“Life does not always treat you like you want to be treated but I reminded them there were a lot of other teams who would relish the opportunity to be playing for a championship tomorrow like they are. We just have to come back and play our “A” game. I am confident we will play much better tomorrow.”      

WA sent 9 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Pitcher Kinslee Wilson led off the game with a single and Jeana Faye Reynolds bunted her over to second.  Catcher Marti Easler walked and then a double by Kendall McKenzie scored Wilson and sent Easler to third .  For the second game in a row third baseman Brandy Gause

was intentionally walked to load the bases. Madie Wadford drew a bases loaded walk producing WA’s second run as Easler came in for a 4-0 lead. .

Madison Lamb drew bases loaded off to make the lead 5-0 and at this point number one pitcher Bailey Elvington came in relief and got the third out on a force play at third base.

WA added an insurance run in the third on a single by Gause who later scored a sixth run on Madison Lamb’s single. In the 4th inning after two outs Linnie Williams singled and Easler reached on an error. A double by McKenzie scored Williams to make it 7-0. Gause was intentionally walked for the second time to load the bases. Madi Wadford was then hit by pitch to bring in Easler for the Stallion’s 8th run of the game.

In the 6th inning Reynolds walked and moved to second on a steal and then Easler singled and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. McKenzie then grounded out but got an RBI bringing in Reynolds to make the score 9-0. Gause later came in on a wild pitch for the Stallions final 10 runs and the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Wilson fanned 9 Pee Dee batters and gave up only three  Lily Caulder singled in the second inning, Bailey Elvington doubled in the fourth, and then Anna Grace Johnson doubled in the sixth inning. 

Pee Dee’s April Lewis reached on an error in the 4th and tried to score from second on Elvington’s double but a great cut-off throw from Reynolds to Lamb and then Easler gunned her out at the plate on a close call. From that point on WA took complete control of the game.

After the game Coach Fulton of WA released individual stats to the HSSR for the first time in several seasons. Coming into the game the top batters were Easler at .655, Wadford at .630 and Gause was at .618. McKenzie is batting .566 and lamb is at .429. Wilson is batting at .400 along with 9 hole hitter Allie Brown while Reynolds is at .352.

The team batting average is an incredible .480. with 25 home runs. The RBI’s leaders are Easler with 25 and  Wadford and Gause are tied with 23 each. McKenzie has 21 RBI’s followed by Lamb with 18 and Brown has 15 RBI’s.

In the pitching department Wilson has pitched 63 innings striking out 86 batters and only allowing four earned runs and she carries a 0.44 ERA. Lamb has pitched 41 innings striking out 45 batters and she has a 2.39 ERA.


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