Out at first

Watauga first baseman Katie O’Bryan secures the throw to get Caldwell’s Anna Reeves at first base in the first game of a doubleheader played at Hibriten High School.

LENOIR — Watauga’s Legion Post 130 softball team struggled at the plate against Caldwell County Post 392’s pitching staff in a doubleheader played at Hibriten High School.

Caldwell claimed a 4-3 win in the first game and a 4-3 win in the second game of the doubleheader. Both games were five innings long.

“We put ourselves in a position to win,” Watauga coach Tracy Stilwell said. “We played great defense, but we couldn’t get the sticks going tonight.”

Watauga (1-4) scored all three of its runs of the first game in the first inning with the help of two Caldwell outfield errors. Taylor Replogle singled and scored on a fielder’s choice by Gracie Proffit. Grace Presnell walked and scored with Proffit on a dropped fly ball hit by Kloie Greene.

Caldwell pitcher Jillian Jones allowed just another Replogle single the other four innings of the game. Jones struck out six Watauga batters and retired the final seven Watauga batters of the game.

Watauga pitcher Bug Noble surrendered two hits that led to a first-inning run. Caldwell got an RBI double by Peyton Boggs in the third inning. Boggs scored from Zoe Walters, which tied the game 3-3.

Caldwell got the game winner in the bottom of the fifth inning when Zoey Walker doubled and scored on a Watauga error.

Davis Walker scored two Caldwell runs after hitting two singles. Caldwell finished with five hits, including two doubles.

Caldwell scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning of the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Watauga struck back with a pair of unearned runs. Both Destiny Deiters and Replogle both reached base because of errors. Deiters scored on the ball hit by Replogle that was thrown over first-baseman Sydney Wike’s head.

Replogle scored on a Taylor Lipford double.

Caldwell answered with two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Boggs scored on a Cam Crisp fielder’s choice and Kyndall Vought drove in Jones with a single. Caldwell finished with five hits off Grace Presnell and Noble.

Marlie Stilwell doubled in the first inning and lined out to centerfield in the fifth inning. She also made a diving stop at shortstop on a Kylie Reid ground ball, but her throw to first base was just late.

“We’ve been very competitive in every game,” Tracy Stilwell said. “We’re losing by one or two. We’ve just got to get over the hump.”

Watauga plays at Wilkes Post 30 on June 25.

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