West crushes Challenger
The West Caldwell softball team exploded for eight runs in the second inning to propel the Warriors to a 16-0 victory in five innings over Challenger on Wednesday in Gamewell.
"We know they're (Challenger) in a situation where they are trying to build a program," said West head coach Tom Thuss. "We just wanted to play good, fundamental baseball and we did that. I was real happy with the outcome."
The Warriors got on the board in the first inning when Carly Thuss led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Then in the second inning, West scored eight runs on five hits. With the bases loaded on three walks, Danielle Ingle hit a two-run single to center, scoring Keelin Eno and Kristen Hefner. Taylor Fredericks followed with a two-run double down the left field line to score Brooklyn McCall and Ingle. Fredericks came into score on an RBI infield single by Whitney Price to make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Hefner hit a two-run single to right to score Destiny Wright and Eno. Wright previously doubled and Eno reached on an error.
West Caldwell added another six runs in the third inning. After an RBI walk by Jaci Triplett, Wright hit a two-run double to score Tea Harper and Fredericks to extend the lead to 12-0. Kaitlin Brown added an RBI groundout and Eno hit an RBI single to make the score 14-0. An RBI walk by Brittney Hall made it 15-0.
The Warriors added one more insurance run in the fourth when Fredericks hit a solo home run to center field.
Thuss and Fredericks combined to throw a no-hitter. Thuss threw the first three innings and struck out six, while Fredericks threw the final two and struck out two batters.
The Warriors will return to action on Saturday at South Caldwell at 2 p.m.