By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.
The Alexander Central Softball Team hosted the 2017 Varsity Clash over the past weekend and chalked up a pair of wins over solid 4A programs.
In games played Saturday, March 18, at Central Park in Taylorsville, the Lady Cougars remained perfect on the season after wins over South Caldwell and McDowell.
In the opening game of the day, ACHS got a shutout pitching effort from senior Kendra Mayes in a 4-0 victory over South Caldwell’s Lady Spartans.
Mayes carried a no-hitter into the sixth frame before giving up the first Spartan hit. She allowed just two hits on the day and ran her record to 4-0 on the season. Jenna Pittman was saddled with the mound loss for the South squad.
Alexander finished with seven hits in the win. Chesney Millsaps homered and finished with a pair of hits, while Lanie Goforth chipped in with two hits.
Game two saw the Cougars face a future conference foe McDowell on the Central Park diamond. Both South Caldwell and McDowell will be conference mates of the Cougars next season in the new NW Conference.
In the game, Chesney Millsaps ran her season record to 4-0 in a 5-1 win over the Titans. The victory pushed Alexander’s overall record to 8-0 this spring.
Millsaps limited McDowell to one run on six hits and fanned five Titan batters en route to the win.
Offensively, the Cougar junior stayed hot at the plate. Millsaps homered for the second straight game and led Alexander’s offensive effort with two RBI. Goforth had two hits on the day, while Caroline Maltba, Julie Gast, and Kelsea DeJarnette had one hit and one RBI apiece.
Parker Brown led McDowell with two hits, while KP Melvin was dealt the pitching loss.
Alexander’s game with Lake Norman on Friday, March 17 was suspended due to rain with Alexander leading 4-0 in the first inning. The game was slated to be completed on March 20.
The Lady Cougars were scheduled to host Mooresville on Tuesday, March 21, and will play at open against St. Stephens this evening.