Trojans turn back Cougars

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

The Wesleyan Christian softball team worked hard to create opportunities at the plate. Then, it took advantage of them in a big way.

The Trojans scored three runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to break open a tight game early and rolled to a 12-1 win in six innings against rival High Point Christian on Monday at Wallburg Baptist Church.

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“We stuck with it, just let the game come to us,” Wesleyan coach Donald Brewer said. “We figured once we start rolling, we’ll start hitting it and making some plays. They were working on getting a pitch they liked. Until you get two strikes, wait on your pitch. Then, when they did, we hit it.”

Cayla Cecil had an outstanding all-around afternoon for the Trojans (17-2, 4-0 PACIS 2A/3A), who also beat the Cougars 9-0 last week. She was 4 for 4 with a walk, a double and five RBIs offensively and scattered just two hits and one walk in the circle.

Reagan Bray added had two hits – including a two-run home run in the fourth – as well as a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. Kayla Brewer was also 3 for 3 with a solo home run in the sixth, a double and two RBIs. Wesleyan, as a team, totaled 12 hits and 10 walks.

“I felt like we played with a lot of confidence,” Bray said. “They’re really good competition for us. So, it was a good win. We came to the plate not too big-headed about ourselves and just sat back and waited. Then, we all just came together and hit.”

High Point Christian (12-7, 2-3 PACIS) struggled in a number of ways – offensively, defensively and in the circle. Sloane McPeak doubled and scored in the first for a 1-0 lead, but the Cougars were hitless until Hadley Coats singled in the fifth.

They also committed four errors in the field and had trouble finding the plate in the circle. While injuries and illnesses have been an issue recently, they’re now back near full strength. But the miscues have taken their toll on their confidence, which they’re working to regain.

“You know what, it’s just a tough stretch,” High Point Christian coach Jeremy Cecil said. “Wesleyan’s a very good team, and we just have to come back and gather ourselves, make a push at the end and see what happens.

“We lost to a better team today than we are. But I have confidence we’ll be back. … It just goes back to execution. We just have to execute better as a team. With that, the results will take care of themselves. Right now, we’re not executing the way we should be.”

After McPeak scored in the first, the Trojans tied it in the second on an RBI double by Cayla Cecil. In the third, it loaded the bases on a single by Kayla Brewer, a double by Michaela Hicks and a walk by Bray. Sydney Parker, Cayla Cecil and Geena Autry then drew bases-loaded walks.

The next inning, Bray blasted a two-run home run to left, and then Cayla Cecil roped an RBI single to right-center for a 7-1 lead. In the fifth, Kayla Brewer homered on the first pitch of the inning to left, and then Cayla Cecil knocked a two-run single to center with two outs to lead 10-1.

Kayla Brewer and Bray had RBIs in the sixth for the final runs.

The Cougars play three more games this week, starting with an away game at Calvary Baptist today. Wesleyan plays again Friday at home against Forsyth Country Day.