BOONE — From the prep level to its youth teams, it’s no secret that Wilkes County is known for having outstanding softball teams.
Wilkes’ 12-under softball team proved that again at Industrial Fields across the street from the Watauga Recreation Center. Wilkes scored six runs in the first inning of its 12-0 win over Watauga in the first round of the 12-under Tar Heel League All-Star Softball Tournament June 24.
The game was ended after three innings because of the 12-run mercy rule.
Wilkes pitcher Deandra Walker did not allow a hit in the three innings she pitched. Walker struck out five batters and walked just one. She issued a second-inning walk to Kaitlyn Hardin and Lacey Potter reached base on a fielder’s choice one batter after Hardin.
Watauga pitcher Kailyn Braswell had to contend with Wilkes’ hitters. Wilkes finished with six hits, including three from Walker, who drove in the final two runs of the game with a single in the third inning.
Ralee Bare doubled on Braswell’s first pitch of the game, and finished with two hits.
In the 8-under division, Watauga claimed an 8-1 victory over Hickory in a first-round game played at Appalachian State’s Sywassink/Lloyd Stadium.