Pisgah’s Whitted, Griffith hurl gems in wins at West HendersonBears mercy-rule Falcons in softball and edge West Henderson in baseball, 1-0
MILLS RIVER — Pisgah junior right-handed pitcher Madison Whitted was cruising along into the bottom of the fifth inning with a no-hitter, but a little flare over the head of first baseman Jo Jo Taylor ended her bid for her first ever varsity “no-no.”
Despite the disappointment, the Pisgah varsity softball team still managed to mercy-rule West Henderson, 10-0, in six innings in a WNC Athletic Conference road game Friday afternoon.
Whitted finished with 11 strikeouts, issued one walk and gave up that one hit to pick up another win from inside the circle. ‘
The win over the Falcons also kept the Black Bears perfect on the season with a 4-0 record and 2-0 in the WNCAC. Pisgah hosts rival Tuscola on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. from the Diamond on the River Complex in Canton.
Pisgahy scored two runs in the second, third and fourth innings, scratched a run across in the fifth and tacked on three big runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The Black Bears also brought out the big sticks pounding out 14 hits against the West Henderson pitching staff. Taylor blasted a two-run homer in the fourth and Paige Griffith belted a two-run round-tripper in the second inning.
Griffith finished with three hits and two RBI, Emma Sorrells, Maci Henson and Loren Cook had two hits each, while Makala Beaver had one hit and drove in three runs and Regan Lunsford had a hit to go with her pair of runs batted in.
Pisgah 1, West Henderson 0
Mill River — Pisgah juniors Mason Griffith and Mason Herbert combined to shutout West Henderson, 1-0, in a WNCAC game Friday night.
Griffith got the nod and was brilliant on the mound, going six strong innings, striking out three Falcons and scattering just four hits to get the win. Herbert picked up the save with a dominating seventh, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Manager Harold Shepard’s ballclub improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the WNCAC, while West Henderson fell to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
“It was definitely a pitching duel,” said Shepard. “We knew they where expecting Jaxon Reid or Mason Herbert and Griffith was ready and throwing well sinced the season started. So, we decided to throw Griffith. He is a bulldog and he proved it tonight. We got him a 1-0 lead and he held on to it and that is all you can ask. He was out of gas and had 88 pitches so we decided to let Herbert close the door.
“Defense did a great job behind Griffith and that was something that we had to clean up a little bit. They played well last weekend in Charlotte and they used that as a learning experience.”
The lone run for the Black Bears came in the fourth inning when Noah Burnette led off with a double down into the right field corner and Herbert single to right field to drive him in with the eventual game-winning run.
Pisgah had seven hits as Tanner Fox and herbert had two hits each. Cody Lovelace, Burnette and Trey Morgan had one hits each.