The West McDowell Lady Spartans softball team recovered from its only loss of the season with a dominant 14-1 win over cross-town rival East McDowell Thursday afternoon at Trojan Field.
Coming off a loss to Heritage last week, the Lady Spartans jumped out to an early lead and kept tacking onto it, eventually kicking in the 10-run rule after five innings.
West (3-1) compiled 16 hits at the plate. Even though none of them were for extra bases, they still were equally as effective.
Jada Cannon and Avery Jordan had three hits each. Payton Koone and Maddi Smith (2RBIs) added two hits each. Four other Lady Spartans also had a hit apiece on the contest.
West scored one run in the first followed by three more in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth to jump out to a 9-0 lead.
East scored its lone run in the bottom half of the fourth. Katie Baker earned a one-out walk. Sarah Tucker then doubled off the left-center-field fence.
Baker eventually scored on a slow ground ball from Cierra Flack.
The Lady Spartans answered with five more runs in the fifth and then retired the Lady Trojans without allowing a run to end the game.
Lucy Hames earned the win on the mound, allowing a run on two hits and striking out five batters. Hames walked a pair.
Sunshine Webb accounted for East's second hit, a leadoff single in the first.
West McDowell 5, East McDowell 3 (baseball)
The West McDowell Spartans are off to a great start in the Foothills Conference and their lead in the league standings continued to increase after holding off county rival East McDowell 5-3 Thursday night.
The win puts West (4-0) in the early driver's seat a third of the way through the season. No other team in the league has more than two wins.
The Spartans jumped out to a 5-0 lead and were able to hold off a couple scoring chances that East McDowell (1-2) had on the table.
In the first, West scored twice on three hits. It all started with a leadoff single from Three Young. Ethan Davis followed with a single two batters later and then Gavin Davis drove both runners in with a triple to right-center putting the Spartans on the board.
West added single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to account for all the runs scored.
Gavin Davis doubled in his second at bat and scored from second on a slow-developing play when Peyton Rose chopped a grounder to the left side.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ethan Davis ripped an RBI triple to right center, accounting for the fifth run.
The Trojans scratched across a run in the fifth when three of the first four batters in the frame reached on errors. Then, with the bases loaded, Kamden Silver was walked, allowing East to get within a 5-1 margin.
The inning could have been a lot more profitable for the Trojans but a pair of strikeouts with the bases loaded ended the rally.
The sixth also featured a similar fate as three consecutive East McDowell hitters reached base. Justin Davis converted a two out, two-run single over the second baseman's head, getting the deficit down to 5-3.
But that turned out to be the last hit for the Trojans as Silver struck out to end the sixth and they were retired in order in the seventh.
Michael Lewis finished with two hits for East McDowell. Davis, Silver and shortstop Dusty Revis had a hit apiece.
Chapel Matson earned the win on the mound for West, tossing 4 1/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits and striking out six.
Ethan Davis came on in relief and tossed two-plus innings of one-hit ball, striking out six.