Both Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School received strong pitching performances Tuesday, but the Lady Bulldoggs benefited from some defensive miscues by the Lady Wildcats to take a 6-0 win.
Cathleen Nugue went the distance for WBHS (4-3) throwing 93 pitches while allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. AHS counterpart Sara Henson was also effective going all seven innings for the Lady Wildcats throwing 95 pitches with five strikeouts. Henson allowed four hits and two walks but all six runs were unearned.
“I was proud of our pitching and defense,” said WBHS coach Monty McClure after the game. “Anytime you win a game against a rival, it’s nice. However, it will be a completely different game the next time we play.”
Tuesday’s game was a non-region contest between the local schools. They will meet again Sept. 4 when the game counts in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.
AHS coach Matt Allen said his team was the victim of a few bad innings.
“We didn’t hit real well,” said Allen, who is in his first season with the program. “We played today without a sense of urgency and that has to change.”
With the region opener looming Thursday, Allen decided not to use his No. 1 pitcher Becca Meade.
“We have to learn that we will not always have her pitching and we have to be just as prepared to win,” Allen said.
WBHS scored two runs in the top of the second inning. Emily Ferguson reached third on an error and later scored on an infield hit by Megan Garrett.
A double steal later in the inning saw the Lady Bulldoggs add another run.
McClure’s team put four more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning. T.K. Sauls reached on an error and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Garrett. Sauls then moved to third on a passed ball. MacKenzie McFarland had an RBI single and then two runs scored when Ansley Johnson reached on an error.
Carlee Thurmond then delivered an RBI double for a 6-0 lead.
AHS (1-4) will host Lanier Thursday while WBHS travels to Salem as the region schedule begins.