Wolves walk Bulldogs in first conference sweep this season

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The Wolves completed their first conference sweep of the season against Wingate 7-1 and 2-0. - Courtesy photo

NEWBERRY — A pair of home runs from Natalie Willis and Haley Simonds on the day, provided insurance for the Wolves as they completed their sweep of the Wingate Bulldogs with scores of 7-1 and 2-0.

Although, coming five innings apart the home runs allowed Newberry to take in base runners to solidify their lead and ultimately victory in Game One. Willis got hers off first sending the ball flying over center field landing just outside of the fence. She would score McKenzie Barneycastle who had singled to left field to place herself on base a batter prior to Willis.

Simonds in that same inning would reach base on an error by the pitcher. Paige Meyer’s single to left field propelled Simonds to second base and then to third on a throwing error by the third baseman. The inning would conclude on two quick outs, but not before Newberry could nab two runs and three hits.

The teams would go back and forth with their defensive play to ensure the other would stay scoreless until Wingate broke the drought in the top of the fifth inning. A double to center field would find a gap to drop and place a Bulldog on base. The following batter singled to center field and sent that runner across home plate.

Newberry’s offense amped up in the bottom of the sixth as they added five runs to their cause. Willis got things started for the Wolves on a single to left field on a bunt. Simonds following in Willis’ earlier footsteps cranking one deep into left field, rounding herself and Willis.

Meyer singled to third base on a bunt afterwards. Allison Van Atta single up the middle allowed Meyer to find her way to third base on the play. A few batters later Daphne Peyton’s single caused the Bulldogs to error on the play, score Van Atta and place Peyton on third.

Ashley Willis, who was currently playing center field, doubled to right field and land Peyton at home. The lead would stand at 7-1 after the Wolves garnered five runs, six hits and leaving one stranded on base.

Starting pitcher Emily Marchbanks got the win to improve her record to 9-2 on the season. She was relieved by Chelsey Cunningham who went 1.1 innings before Head Coach Ciria Triplett deployed Alyssa Ball to finish out the game.

Game Two saw Newberry place themselves in front of Wingate in their opening inning on a Simonds’ double to left field that scored Tori Caldwell. Caldwell became the Wolves’ base runner on a single to third base.

The third inning kept the scoring alive for Newberry as Caldwell rounded home via Willis’ double to left field. Caldwell was the third batter in the order for the Wolves and found her way on base coming on a double to center field. Newberry garnered a hit in every inning but the bottom of the second.

Wingate started off strong with a hit in the opening innings before the batters went out back to back in the top of the third. The Bulldogs revived themselves after that inning and notched at least one hit until the seventh where the batters went out in order.

Ball went the length for Newberry picking up her ninth win on the season, only allowing six hits and no runs.

In addition to the hitting of Willis and Simonds, several other Wolves had themselves a good hitting day in Meyer, Haley Wildes, Peyton, Van Atta and Caldwell.

The Wolves completed their first conference sweep of the season against Wingate 7-1 and 2-0.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ColorSoftball2018.jpgThe Wolves completed their first conference sweep of the season against Wingate 7-1 and 2-0. Courtesy photo

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