Vikings shut out by Nash Central in 5 innings

Mar. 19, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Nash Central needed only five hits to plate 18 runs in a shutout win at Northern Vance Tuesday.

The Vikings walked 13 Bulldog batters and hit three more in the five-inning, 18-0 loss.

Nash Central pitcher Lindsey Sharpe tossed a complete game, allowing one hit while striking out 10.

The Bulldogs sent 28 batters to the plate before the Vikings got around the lineup once.

“She’s pretty good,” Northern coach Brittany Robinson said of Sharpe. “Decent speed, not a whole lot of movement. She stayed outside on us pretty much the whole time and was pretty flat. I thought we should have been able to hit her a lot better than we did. Just not our day.”

Rishanna Cheek recorded Northern’s only hit in the third inning. She was one of only three Vikings to reach base.

Harley Winders was 2-for-3 for Nash Central with a two-run double and triple.

The Bulldogs scored eight runs in both the second and third innings.

Northern’s Katie McAllister relieved Kara Reese to start the third. McAllister sat down the Bulldog side in order in the fifth.

Reese, new to pitching, got the nod on the mound in lieu of injured Jesse Edwards.

“I think she gets better as she goes along and kind of settles down within the game,” Robinson said of McAllister. “All of our pitchers just have to be more consistent for us to be competitive.”

“Anybody that can throw strikes is what we’re looking for,” added Robinson.

Off to an 0-4 start, Northern gets another shot at Nash Central Wednesday in Rocky Mount.

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