Wolfpack softball has successful spring break

Kourtney Grainger checks out the left fielder’s progress in retrieving the ball.

Coach Olivia Scott’s Wolfpack did not participate in tournament play during spring break, but the team could be heard singing Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”. Whiteville traveled to 4A Richmond County, 2A West Bladen and 4A Fayetteville Cape Fear Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. The three Wolfpack opponents had a combined record of 46-4.

Sage McLelland led a Wolfpack homer barrage in its 7-0 in over Richmond County. All the Whiteville runs came as a result of a ball hit out of the park. Raeganne Sholar followed Bri Tolley’s second inning double with a home run to stake Whiteville to a 2-0 lead. Kourtney Grainger’s solo shot in the third made the score 3-0.

McLelland’s powerful bat was heard from in the fifth and seventh as she followed Grainger’s singles with a home run in each frame to produce a final score of 7-0. Richmond County pitching did not record a single strikeout of a Wolfpack batter.

 

Bri Tolley fires a throw to Sage McLelland at first.

Ivy Hayes had an excellent game in the circle for Whiteville. The junior allowed four hits and struck out 10. Hayes’ pitching and errorless defense by Whiteville did not allow a Raider runner to reach third base.

Whiteville banged out 16 hits in a six-inning 13-2 win over West Bladen Thursday. The Wolfpack led 3-0 entering the fourth inning, but five runs on five hits increased the lead to 8-0. West Bladen scored twice in the fifth. Whiteville put the run-rule in play with five more sixth inning runs for a 13-2 lead. Jenna Bullard, one of three Whiteville pitchers, struck out the final two West Bladen batters in the sixth to close out the game.

Sage McLelland continued her extra base streak with two doubles and a two-run homer in the sixth. Ivy Hayes also had three hits for Whiteville. Kourtney Grainger, Gabbi Hayes and Raeganna Sholar contributed two hits each. Again, Whiteville did not have a batter strikeout.

Laura Thompson (3) tosses to McLelland at first in time for the out.

 

Ivy Hayes, Carlee Fulkerson and Jenna Bullard split the duties in the circle pitching two innings each. They combined to strike out nine and allowed three hits.

Cape Fear entered Friday’s contest against Whiteville with a record of 17-0. The Colts are ranked third nationally by USA Today and 21st in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 polls.

The Wolfpack held its own against the Colts through four innings, trailing just 3-2. Whiteville’s two runs came in the fourth inning. The first run came on a solo home run by Sage McLelland, her fourth of the week. The second run scored on Raeganne Sholar’s sacrifice fly after Ivy Hayes singled and advanced to third before two were out.

Cape Fear held Whiteville scoreless the final three innings and added two runs of its own in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-2 victory.

Whiteville for the third consecutive game put the ball in play consistently, only striking out four times. Cape Fear out hit the Wolfpack nine to seven. The biggest difference in the game was Cape Fear played error-free defense, while Whiteville was charged with four errors.