VALE — The West Lincoln Lady Rebels varsity softball team survived a seventh-inning rally by the Burns Lady Bulldogs to take a 2-1 victory in nonconference play on Wednesday.
West Lincoln freshman Erin Huff, in her first start of her high school career at pitcher, threw six innings and allowed one run, in the top of the seventh.
“We played excellent defense,” West Lincoln head coach Tyler Sain said. “Huff pitched a great game. She was throwing off-speed pitches all game. They couldn’t hit it until the last inning. That was a good win before we start in the conference.”
West Lincoln opens Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference play today when they host Cherryville at 6 p.m.
Burns led off the top of the seventh inning with a double deep down the left field line, followed by back-to-back singles that gave the Lady Bulldogs their first run of the game and cut West Lincoln’s lead to 2-1.
Huff’s first walk of the game loaded the bases, resulting in a pitching change. Sain brought in senior Rylee Marsh to finish off the game, and she did it in three batters.
Marsh struck out the first batter she faced and caught a popup from the next batter. West Lincoln second baseman Taylor Upton caught a popup near the first base line to end the game.
The Lady Rebels scored their first run in the bottom of the second. Marsh led off the inning with a single that dropped in shallow left field. Brittany Ormand followed with a bunt and reached second on a throwing error. A sacrifice groundout by Hunter Campbell scored Marsh and gave the Lady Rebels a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Rebels scored the winning run in the bottom of the third. Raeven McCrodden hit a one-out double into shallow left field and moved to third on a wild pitch during Karsen Leonhardt’s at-bat. Leonhardt popped out to third base but McCrodden stole home on another wild pitch during Madison Ferguson’s at-bat to give the Lady Rebels a 2-0 advantage.
West Lincoln had two hits in the game — on from Marsh and one from Campbell. Burns finished the game with seven hits.
Huff struck out four and walked one batter in six innings of work.