TJCA routed by Cherryville
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphon softball team had no answer for Cherryville’s Paige Wyont in the circle or at the plate. She struck out 10 of the 12 batters she faced in the process of firing a one-hit shutout while collecting six RBIs in the Ironmen’s 16-0 win in four innings.
“We just could not anything going today,” said Lady Gryphon head coach Adrienne Boler. “We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game. The good thing is now we know where we need to improve and we are going to continue to work hard.”
Cherryville got on the board first as Jacquilla Burris was hit by a pitch. After a throwing error put her on third, Burris trotted home on a wild pitch by Gryphon pitcher Brianna Kale.
Catlin Hay also scored on a wild pitch and Mary McSwain came home on a fielder’s choice to make the tally 3-0.
In the bottom half, Ironman pitcher Wyont made quick work of the TJCA (0-2) lineup, striking out the side on just 12 pitches.
Cherryville went right back to work in the top of the second inning. Two runs scored on a single to left field by Wyont and Hey drove in another run with a sacrifice.
After the Gryphons went down in order again, Cherryville scored four more runs with Wyont collecting two RBIs sandwiched in between a Kale strikeout and a nice defensive play by A’sia Wilson for a force out. Even so, the Lady Ironmen led 10-0.
In the fourth frame, Cherryville sent 11 batters to the plate and in the process scored six more times. Wont and Hay once again did the majority of the damage. Each player collected a pair of hits and RBIs in the inning to increase the tally to 16-0.
TJCA got its first base runner of the game in the bottom of the inning as Ayumi Deyton drew a walk on a 3-2 count. Two batters later, Wilson dumped a single into left field to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Kaleigh Smith struck out to end the game to end the game by the mercy rule.
TJCA returns to action March 12 as they open conference play on the road at Mitchell. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.