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On Friday evening, under the lights of King George High School Softball Stadium, Monica Brandts brought the music to the dance. The senior Fox delivered a banner game against conference rival Courtland (1-1) that featured a 3-3 performance, including a two-run homerun, a run, and three RBIs--which led to a 7-2 win.
Led by freshman pitcher, Ashleigh Nalls, defensively, the Foxes (3-1) never froze under pressure. Nalls finished the game with 10 strikeouts, two walks, two hits, while giving up two runs. “Ashleigh certainly did her job, and she is only a freshman, but her strikeout count is very impressive, and will only get better,” Foxes head coach Renee Parker said.
As for the Cougars, pitcher Vicki Varner gave up 10 hits, four walks, and two strikeouts.
After one and half scoreless innings, the Foxes capitalized on a scoring opportunity. After Brandts led off with a double, she later reached home on a series of two wild pitches.
The Foxes extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning. During a bases loaded situation, Alexis Sheehan scored on a wild pitch, and moments later, Taylor Hughes drove Shelby King home on a RBI single—giving the Foxes a 3-0 lead.
At the top of the fourth, the Cougars cut the Foxes’ lead (3-2) to one, as Courtland catcher Torie Little knocked a two-run homerun over the left center field wall.
After picking up a run in the fourth on a Jaclynn Truxon RBI double, the Foxes offense blasted the Cougars for three additional runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, and two runners on base, Brandts blasted a towering homerun over the left field fence. The effort by Brandts extended the Foxes’ lead to 7-2.
“We are striving to improve on our hitting so that our hits span the entire batting order instead of clustering, and leaving runners on base,” Parker said. “I remember that it is early in the season, and we have been inside a good deal of the time. During the game, we just reiterated every inning that their offensive effort has to match their defensive effort, and that it’s going to become increasingly difficult to win with three or four hits per game.”
In the top of the seventh inning, the Cougars bravely made one last attempt at a comeback. With the bases loaded, and two outs, Nalls struck out Brook Belcastro for the final out.
On Wednesday, the Foxes will host a conference game featuring Eastern View. Also, on Friday, the Foxes will host their final game of the week against James Monroe. Game time is 6 p.m. Due to press deadlines, Tuesday’s home game results against Caroline were not available.