Watauga pounds McDowell 9-0

Watauga’s Bailey Whitehead-Price works the ball through the Watauga defense.

BOONE — The Watauga girls’ soccer team took a big halftime lead and cruised to a 9-0 victory over visiting McDowell March 12 at Jack Groce Stadium.

The game was stopped midway through the second half because of the nine-goal mercy rule. Watauga (3-2, 1-0 Northwestern Conference) took a 6-0 lead by halftime and added two goals from Lindsey Fletcher and another in the second half from Shaelyn Sheaff.

Sheaff scored three goals in the game, two in the first half. Bailey Whitehead-Price scored two of Watauga’s first-half goals, while Lily Suyao and Lily Brown each scored a goal.

Whitehead-Price scored Watauga’s first goal with just 38:32 left in the first half.

Mary Louise Sprague picked up the assist. Sheaff scored the Pioneers’ second goal with a Suyao assist, and Whitehead-Price scored her second goal with a Suyao assist, which gave the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.

Suyao made it 4-0 with an assist from Sheaff, who scored the Pioneers’ fifth goal with a Whitehead-Price. Brown made it 6-0 with a goal.

Watauga softball

Watauga’s softball team fell 8-1 to visiting McDowell on March 12 at Watauga’s field.

Watauga scored its lone run in the fifth inning. Taylor Lipford reached base on an error and scored on a Grace Presnell RBI single.

After Marline Stillwell walked in the firth inning with two outs, the final seven Watauga batters went down in order.

Watauga settled for just two hits. Jada Wilson singled in the first inning and reached second with two outs, but was stranded.

Watauga hit several line drives, but right at McDowell defenders.

“We hit the ball hard tonight, just right at people,” Watauga coach April Yandle said. “The girls made solid contact. We forced their defense to play. We had at least three line shots to their outfielders that were right to their gloves. It was just one of those nights where we could not get those hits to find green.”

Wilson struck out eight Titans, but gave up two runs in the fifth inning. Wilson set the Titans down in order in the sixth inning, but McDowell scored for runs in the top of the seventh to ice the victory.

Wilson gave up a home run, but Yandle felt that was her lone mistakes.

Wilson sent the first 11 Titans down in order from the first to the fourth inning. Two McDowell batters reached base in the fourth, but Wilson struck out the final batter of the inning.

“Jada pitched awesome other than the solo home run,” Yandle said. “They really didn’t make solid contact. They used small ball and bloop hits. We had five innings of solid ‘D’ and two innings, our inexperienced showed where we had girls who were second-guessing themselves. We talked about controlling the controllables and we’ll work on that.”

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