The varsity softball team finished up the weekend 3 and 2 at the Triple Crown Invitational in Aiken. The T-Wolves went 3-0 in pool play beating Ninety-Six 1-0, South Aiken 9-5, and Beaufort 12-0, to send the T-Wolves into the overall Tournament Championship bracket. After suffering some injuries in the pool play, losing two starters, WK went into the first bracket game against Lugoff-Elgin rallying around their teammates and fought hard only to drop the game in extra innings 4-3. WK trailled 3-1 in the bottom of the 6th when Ashlee Burkett ripped a two run homer to tie the game. From there neither team could score another run and therefore went into extra innings and the international tie breaker where Lugoff pulled off the 4-3 win. This game showed some great defense when TyLeah Porterfield made a diving catch in centerfield and then later robbed a huge homerun that kept WK in the game. The loss set up the 3rd place game, with a rematch from region play, with Lexington. Lexington took and early lead in the 1st inning 1-o and WK never could recover dropping the game 6-4. Many great things happened this weekend that will prepare WK for the region stretch when they return from spring break.
Each pitcher on the staff picked up a win on the mound this weekend. Marlena Perez got the win in the Ninety-Six game throwing a shutout and striking out 10. Grace Blume picked up the win against South Aiken, throwing 7 innings, allowing 5 runs but striking out 6 and 0 walks. Arden Leagan got her first win on the season throwing a 1 hit gem against Beaufort. Leagan allowed zero runs and struck out 4.
WK had some power at the plate this weekend with the T-Wolves hitting 5 bombs this weekend. Ariana Fair got her first career homerun with a solo shot, Ashlee Burkett sent a 2 run homer, and Lexi Winters hit 3 dingers on the weekend.
This weekend was lead at the plate by Abby Gates and Lexi Winters. Both players had outstanding performances at the plate to help lead their team to the 3-2 record. Abby Gates finished the tournament going 11 for 16 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s for an .688 batting average and Lexi Winters went 9 for 15 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI’s for an .600 batting average.
WK goes into spring break with a 9-4 record and 2-1 in the region. WK will face region foe River Bluff on 4/13 at 7:15 at White Knoll to kick off the second half of the season.