BOONE — The visiting Hibriten softball team pulled away from Watauga to claim a 5-3 victory at Watauga’s field April 10.
Hibriten led the entire game after scoring two runs in the third inning without a hit. Watauga pitcher Jada Wilson hit one Hibriten batter with a pitch and walked three straight, which drove in a run. A Watauga error drove in another run, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Hibriten scored three runs in the top of the fifth, two coming off a Davis Walker two-run triple. Walker scored on a Zoe Waters sacrifice fly.
Watauga (9-7) got its offense going late in the game. Hibriten pitcher Jillian Jones had a perfect game going until Grace Proffit singled with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
It was the first of three straight Watauga hits. Linley Garwood followed with an RBI double and scored on Katie Willingham’s single.
“We show a lot of fight, but we waited when we dug ourselves in a hole,” Watauga coach April Yandle said. “We fought. We hit the ball all game long, we just didn’t hit it solid until later.”
Watauga’s Sam Reese singled to open the bottom of the seventh inning and reached third base when Taylor Replogle reached base on a dropped third strike. Reese scored on a fielder’s choice that ended in a Hibriten double play. Jones got the last Watauga out to end the game.
“We made them play defense,” Yandle said. “We had a couple that against another team, they would have dropped in the outfield, but they’ve got a good team. Their defense played great.”
Jones struck out just two Pioneers, and Watauga hit four fly balls to the outfield, including a deep fly to center by Wilson that was caught near the warning track.
Watauga finished with four hits off Jones. Wilson allowed just one hit, a first-inning single to Abby Reeves, and struck out one. Bug Noble, who pitched the final three innings of the game, allowed four hits.