Softball gets first victory

By Nathan Ham -

WEST JEFFERSON — After so many close calls throughout the season, the Lady Husky softball team finally broke through and got their first victory of the season on Tuesday, 2-1 over Wilkes Central.

Ashe scored both of its runs early in the game. Chloe Sullivan tripled in the second inning and Abby Sullivan followed that with an RBI double to give Ashe a 1-0 lead.

In the third, Lora Jones smacked a double and was driven in by the next batter, Sarah Houck, who also connected on a double.

The Eagles were able to get on the board in the sixth inning with an RBI double, however the Ashe defense made a big play that included a great relay throw from Houck to nail the runner at third base trying to stretch that double into a single.

Central was unable to find the tying run in the seventh inning, giving Ashe a much-needed win.

The star of the night was freshman Cierra Burgess who got the pitching start due to injuries to both of the regular varsity pitchers. Burgess pitched a complete game giving up just the one run.

“Cierra as a freshman pitched a great game and the defense played great behind her as well,” said Ashe County head coach Bill Key. “It was a really good team performance overall.”

Coming into the game, Wilkes Central had just one conference loss at 7-1 and was just one game out of first place.

For Ashe, the team has battled all season through close loss after close loss. In March, Ashe lost at North Wilkes by scores of 11-10 and 23-18 in double-header action.

On March 28, Ashe played at conference-leading West Wilkes and fell 5-0 before turning around the following day and playing another tight on at Alleghany, falling 6-2.

April started with another tough loss, a 12-9 setback against Elkin and then a 7-6 heartbreaker against Starmount on Monday.

Area scores

Elkin 6, Alleghany 3 (April 10)

Wilkes Central 6, East Wilkes 2 (April 10)

North Wilkes 10, Alleghany 3 (April 11)

Starmount 10, Elkin 6 (April 11)

West Wilkes 7, East Wilkes 0 (April 11)

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

By Nathan Ham

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