Southern pounds 13 hits in 15-4 win

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Southern Vance welcomed back senior Megan Hight to the lineup Wednesday and got a big lift from the senior catcher in the Raiders’ 15-4, five-inning win over N.C. School of Science and Math.

Southern (3-5, 2-3 Northern Carolina Conference) recorded its second consecutive win after starting the season 1-5 overall.

Hight, the catcher, finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and her classmate, Kristen Dickerson, was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Hight and Dickerson, the second baseman, each are returning to full strength after suffering concussions. Dickerson’s first game back was last Thursday in a win over Warren County.

Brittany West got the win for Southern, striking out eight and allowing two earned runs. The sophomore was also 4-for-4 at the plate and scored each time up.

“We found some holes. We had some solid hits,” said Raiders coach Leann Harrell. “We ran the bases well and Brittany pitched a really good game today. Now that she has her catcher back, I think she’s a lot more confident in herself. The last three games, she’s been really solid.”

Southern racked up 13 hits and led 10-0 after two innings.

Bree Simmons (2-for-4) and Mikayla Sellers (1-for-3) each added a pair of RBIs for the Raiders and freshman Autumn Wortham added a hit and an RBI.

Dickerson smacked an opposite field triple to right, scoring two runs to put Southern ahead 9-0 in the second inning before lining another hot shot to center in the next frame. The third inning double made it 13-2.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of something for her,” said Harrell.

NCSSM plated two runs in the third and two more in the fifth.

The Unicorns had two runners on in the fifth before West ended the game on a strikeout.

“She’s looking good,” Harrell said of West. “She’s hitting her spots. I think she’s getting more confident in herself.”

Southern can even its league mark Friday at home against Durham School of the Arts. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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