The Wilson Lady Tiger varsity fastpitch softball team kicked off their 2023 season on a winning note this past Monday evening in Weleetka.
The Lady Tigers used an 8-run offensive barrage in their final two atbats to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 9-4, season-opening, victory over the host Weleetka Lady Outlaws.
Monday’s season opener was originally scheduled to take place on the Lady Tigers’ home field, but was moved to Weleetka due to wet field conditions.
The Wilson ladies were scheduled to host the Wetumka Lady Chieftains on Tuesday and travel to Cromwell Thursday for a showdown with the Butner Lady Eagles. Tuesday’s home contest against Wetumka was canceled due to wet field conditions, while Thursday’s road game against Butner has been rescheduled for September 19.
The next scheuduled action for the Lady Tigers will be this Tuesday at home against Crowder.
In Monday’s season-opening win over Weleetka, the Wilson diamond squad broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth.
Weleetka plated two runs in the home half of the fifth to take over the lead at 2-1 after five innings of action.
The visiting Lady Tigers tallied four runs in the top of the sixth to regain the lead, 5-2, then tacked on four insurance runs in the top of the seventh for a 9-2 advantage.
The host Lady Outlaws were held to just two runs in their final at-bat of regulation in the bottom of the seventh to award the Wilson Lady Tigers the season-opening 9-4 victory.
Jayda Pinkston (2 for 3, 2 singles, walk), Gracie Bear (2 for 4, 2 singles), Jaslene Proctor (2 for 4, single, double, walk, fielder’s choice), Jamie Proctor (2 for 5, 2 singles), Alyna Earhart (2 for 3, 2 singles, walk), and Ty Williams (2 for 4, 2 singles, fielder’s choice) led the way offensively for the Lady Tigers on Monday with two hits apiece.
The final two base hits for the Wilson squad came on singles by Kaozong Yang and Uyen Yang, who also each reached on walks in the contest.
Kaylee Earhart rounded out the Lady Tiger offensive output against Weleetka, reaching base twice on walks.
Gracie Bear earned the pitching win for Wilson in the season opener, allowing four runs on five hits, while walking 11 and striking out 11 in seven innings of work.