Heritage softball slams Leesville in six innings
Posted April 17, 2014
Updated April 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — After losing to Leesville Road by one run in March, the Heritage High School softball team was eager to get its revenge Thursday afternoon on the road.
The Huskies got what they wanted when they scored six runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to quickly pull ahead of the Pride and come away with a lopsided 13-3 win.
Due to the North Carolina High School Association mercy rule, the game lasted just six innings before ending early.
"They beat us at our house, so it was nice to come back here and put it to them," said Heritage head coach Mark Downing.
In the top of the third inning, the Huskies began their scoring run when a single from Jordan Gontram scored Laura Sales and Gontram scored on a double from Laura Williams.
The Pride committed several errors in the fourth inning as Gontram, Amanda Burnette, Isis Amon, Sabrina Syvankham, Kellie Faison and Jacy VanArkel all scored runs for the Huskies during the pivotal offensive rally.
After three more Heritage runs in the top of the fifth inning, it appeared the game would be over in accordance with the mercy rule, but the Pride managed to put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a triple from Conner Sutherland.
In response, the Huskies scored two more runs in the top of the sixth. First, Amon was walked and moved to third on a Leesville error. She scored on a single from Faison. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Syvankham scored on a single from VanArkel.
Erin James scored a run in the bottom of the sixth for Leesville, but it was all the offense the Pride could generate and the team failed to pull within ten runs to extend the game to a seventh inning.
After the game, Downing said much has changed since the first meeting between the two teams.
"We’re a lot better," he said. "I had a lot of girls who didn't believe in themselves, and we just worked very, very hard."
In addition to her offensive contributions, Williams started on the mound for the Huskies and struck out six batters, including the first four she faced. She pitched four scoreless innings in the outing.
"[Downing] told me if I didn't start off well, it wasn't going to end well," said Williams. "I think starting well really affected the whole game. It helped a lot."
Avery Morris started on the mound for the Pride before being replaced by Sidney Green after four innings.
Improving to 6-2 in the Cap-8 4-A Conference, Heritage has defeated everyone in its league except for Wake Forest. The Huskies will meet the Cougars on April 29.
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