Whitted flirts again with no hitter
CANTON — Pisgah junior pitcher Madison Whitted is a big flirt.
For the fourth time this season, Whitted has flirted with a no hitter. She flirted again only to settle for a abbreviated, two-hit shutout as the Black Bears mercy-ruled West Henderson, 10-0, in five innings at the Diamond on the River Complex Tuesday afternoon.
The win helped Pisgah maintain sole possession of first place in the WNCAC with a 9-0 record and improved the Black Bears to 12-1 overall.
Whitted had a perfect game through three, but a lead off bunt single by Hailey Gass in the top of the fourth ended her bid for perfection.
In five innings, Whitted faced just 17 batters, struck out nine Falcons and did not issue a walk.
Manager Heidi Morgan’s ballclub scored one run in the first on sophomore Emma Sorrells’ RBI double, scored four runs in the second, added one run to its lead in the third and scored four runs in the fifth to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
Leading 6-0 enteirng the bottom of the fifth, Maci Henson led off with a single and scored on a fielding error three batters later.
Loren Cook scored on Whitted’s single to give Pisgah an 8-0 lead before the Black Bears loaded the bases for Sorrells, who ripped a double, driving in Whitted and Madisyn Brown.
Jo Jo Taylor (RBI double) also scored on Sorrells’ bases clearing double, but her run did not count as the 10-run mercy rule was already enforced.
Sorrells (2 2B, 3 RBI), sophomore Maci Henson (2 2B, 3 R) and Whitted (2 R) led Pisgah’s 14-hit attack with three hits each. Catcher Makala Beaver had a pair of RBI singles and Paige Griffith had two hits.
Pisgah travels to Franklin today.
CANTON — The Pisgah varsity baseball team now knows what a boxer feels when he gets knocked out.
Pisgah was left in a daze when visiting West Henderson mercy-ruled the error-prone Black Bears, 12-2, in five innings in Tuesday’s night WNC Athletic Conference game at Wells Ballpark.
Pisgah, who committed eight errors, dropped to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the WNCAC, while the Falcons flew back to Mills River with a 10-6 overal record and 4-6 in conference play.
Pisgah junior Jaxon Reid was tagged with the loss as he lasted just two innings, gave up six hits, nine runs (two earned) and walked two batters.
West starter Sam Staton one hit Pisgah, striking out five to pick up the win. Zach Scott laid down a bunt single in the bottom of the thid for Pisgah’s only hit.
Pisgah will get back into action on Tuesday, April 25 when the Black Bears travel to Waynesville for a 7 p.m. WNCAC game at Tuscola.