Tomassi, Irvin lead ‘Thump Squad’In last three games, Pisgah has scored 29 runs on 36 hits
CANTON — Shelby Tomassi gave starting pitcher Makayla Tipton all the runs she would need in the first inning when the slugging sophomore belted a double off the left-centerfield wall, driving in three runs.
The Pisgah varsity softball team continued its offensive assault on East Henderson pitcher Morgan Noble, scoring seven more runs en route to a 10-0 WNC Athletic Conference victory in five innings over the visiting Eagles.
The win elevates the first-place Black Bears, which has scored 29 runs and pounded out 36 hits in their last three games, to 8-0 in the WNCAC and 8-2-1 overall. And with the news that Brevard defeated Franklin Friday, Pisgah now has a two-game lead over the Panthers. East Henderson slipped to 1-7 in the conference.
Tipton was the winning pitcher, hurling an abbreviated complete-game four hit shutout. She struck out five Eagles and didn’t issue a walk in five frames from inside the circle.
Offensively, Tomassi (four RBI) and senior Mahaila Irvin (two RBI) had three hits each, while junior Sheridan Pressley had two hits.
“I don’t care where I play ... behind the plate or in the field just as long as I can help the team,” said Tomassi, who started at catcher against East and is being groomed to take over the catching duties when Irvin graduates. “I like being a catcher. I played catcher and third on my travel team.
“It felt good to contribute to this win both offensively and defensively. On that bases clearing double, I just want to put the ball in play and make something happen. I work really hard on my batting. All of us are focused on getting better every day because we all know we all still have a lot of room for improvement.”
Pisgah plays at Reynolds (4:30 p.m.) today and at second place Franklin (6 p.m.) in a big WNCAC showdown Wednesday night before returning to the friendly confines of the Diamond on the River Complex to host West Henderson (4 p.m.) on Friday.
Smoky Mountain 15
That one bad inning snuck up and bit again the Tuscola varsity softball team. Trailing 6-2 entering the top of the seventh inning, visiting Smoky Mountain broke open a nine-run rally to beat the Mountaineers, 15-2, in a WNCAC contest Friday night at the Tuscola Softball Complex.
Tuscola fell to 0-8 in the WNCAC and 1-12 overall, while Smoky improved to 3-4 in the conference and 6-10 overall.
In the seventh, the Mustangs strung together six consecutive singles off losing pitcher Lakin Grasty, who battled fatique. She allowed 12 hits, struck out four and walked only one.
At the plate for the Mountaineers, Krista Passari had two hits, Heather Nelson, Tristan Woodall and Taylor Wester had one hit each.
Tuscola played at Reynolds Saturday afternoon. At press time, no results were available. The Mountaineers travel to Brevard Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. WNCAC contest.