Despite a rough first inning start Virgin Valley High School Bulldog starting pitcher Adri Wakefield pitched a complete game to defeat Chaparral High School 17-4 at the Dawg Pound Tuesday afternoon, April 19.
Wakefield helped her cause with three hits and four runs batted in. Janella Fiso had a great afternoon with three hits, four RBI’s and four runs scored for the Dawgs.
The Cowboys took advantage of Wakefield’s early control problem scoring one run in the first inning on a walk and two hit batters. Wakefield got out of the jam by striking out a Cowboy to end the inning.
The Lady Dawgs took control in the bottom of the first putting two runs on the board to take a 2-1 lead after one. Taylor Barnum worked the Cowboy pitcher for a walk and was brought home by Janalla Fiso with a double. Wakefield followed with a single bringing Fiso home. The teams traded zeros in the second inning as Wakefield was back in control of her throws.
The Dawgs blew the game wide open in the third inning sending up 19 batters for 13 runs on 9 hits, two errors and three hit batters. Kezney Crompton, Fiso and Cadee Clem had two hits each in the inning. The Bulldogs added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an insurmountable 17-4 lead.
Wakefield faltered a little in the fifth and final inning giving up a walk, double and a huge home run over the left field fence making the final score 17-4. “This was huge win for us we battle for the fourth and final spot in the Sunrise League playoffs,” said Bulldog coach Travis Griffith. “We have huge games coming up Thursday, April 21 at home against Moapa and Monday, April 25 at Boulder City.”
Bulldog starter and winning pitcher Adri Wakefield said,” I had a shaky start but with the help of the team I settled down and pitched my game.” The Virgin Valley softball team’s record went to 5-3 in important league play.