Lady Cougars pick up two more wins

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by Stephen Henderson

Makenzie Watts (#2) is safe stealing home; she was in to run for Cassidy Largen.

With good pitching and good defense, the Patrick County High School Lady Cougars scored two more softball wins last week. Wednesday, they traveled to Grayson County and won 6-0. Friday, PC hosted George Washington of Danville and won 15-0 in four innings.

In Wednesday’s game at Grayson, the bats were quiet for both teams until the fifth inning when Savannah Moorefield RBI doubled to score Morgan Biggs.

In the seventh, Melissa Pendleton doubled to start things off. Morgan Biggs and Savannah Moorefield each followed with a single. With two more runs on the board, Makenzie Watts RBI doubled and Zoe Hutchens and Abby Hutchens each singled to get in the other runs.

Cassidy Largen threw the complete game. She faced 21 batters and struck out 16. This was Largen’s first perfect game of the season

Savannah Moorefield, Melissa Pendleton, Morgan Biggs each went 2-3 at the plate, and Abby Hutchens went 3-4,

“After making a few adjustments at the plate, the bats started coming alive,” Coach Roger Wilson said. “We were making good contact but just not finding the holes,” he added. “And in the seventh, we finally started making good contact,” Wilson said.

“Cassidy threw great today and was placing the ball where the pitch was called. She worked hard and pitched well,” Wilson said.

Friday, the Lady Cougars ended the game early against GW of Danville after scoring 15 runs by the fourth inning.

Melanie Roberson, Hanna Hylton and Morgan Biggs each went 2-3 at the plate.

The Lady Cougars scored six runs in the first inning, five in the second, and four in the fourth.

Cassidy Largen and Josie Pendleton each threw two innings apiece. Largen had five strikeouts and Pendleton had three strikeouts for a combined perfect game.

“We did well today being patient at the plate. We’ve been working on staying patient and seeing good pitches,” Wilson said.

“Both pitchers threw well and did their jobs,” he said. “It’s was a good way to finish the week,” he added.

The Lady Cougars have a tough week ahead with Tunstall at home Tuesday, at Blacksburg Wednesday, and at Bassett Friday.