Coming off an extended break thanks to Labor Day weekend, Prince Avenue Christian School’s softball team entered this week as one of the hottest teams in the state.
The Lady Wolverines held a 9-2 record ahead of Tuesday’s game at Lake Oconee Academy. They went into that game riding a six-game winning streak.
Prince Avenue recorded a 16-8 win over Monroe Area on Aug. 23. The Lady Wolverines kept winning thereafter.
They topped Mount Pisgah Christian for an area victory on Aug. 26, 16-1. They beat Social Circle 9-6 and Stephens County 14-6 on Aug. 28 before topping Providence Christian Academy 16-0 on Aug. 31.
Prince Avenue’s victory over Mount Pisgah gave it a 1-0 start in area play.
The Lady Wolverines exploded out of the gate in that game, rattling off 14 runs in the first inning. They scored once more in the second before surrendering a run in the third.
They tacked on one more run in the third to end the game early via the mercy rule.
Audrey Vandagriff went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored. Ella Osborne and Anna Williams also notched hits.
The rest of the runs came by way of walks. Mount Pisgah walked the Lady Wolverines 14 times. Bailey Throckmorton drew a team-high three walks.
Madi Gillespie pitched two innings and gave up just one hit. She struck out five batters and only walked one. Throckmorton pitched the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out three. A pair of errors led to Mount Pisgah’s lone run.
Against Social Circle, Vandagriff led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to tie the game after Social Circle scratched across a run in the top of the first.
That kick started the Prince Avenue offense. The Lady Wolverines totaled five runs in the first and four runs in the fifth to gain their advantage.
They held on despite allowing a five-run inning by Social Circle in the fourth.
Vandagriff finished that game 2-for-4. Lauren MacDonald, Rachel Biggs and Gillespie each had two hits as well.
Osborne led the team with three RBIs. MacDonald had two RBIs to her credit.
Gillespie pitched a complete game with six earned runs allowed on 10 hits and five walks. She struck out five batters.
Later that day, Prince Avenue rolled over Stephens County.
Vandagriff led off that game with a homer just like she did against Social Circle. She had a single later that inning as well before hitting a double in the third and notching a triple in the fourth.
That four-hit explosion gave Vandagriff her first career cycle. Vandagriff finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs.
Gillespie had three hits on the game and one RBI. Jordan Chamberlain notched two RBIs and had one hit.
Taylor Thomas, Keirsten Perry, Throckmorton and MacDonald all had RBIs, too.
Throckmorton tossed five innings with four earned runs allowed on eight hits. She struck out seven batters.
Prince Avenue’s win over Providence Christian gave the Lady Wolverines their second victory in area play.
That 16-0 result went just three innings. After going ahead 7-0 in the first two frames, Prince Avenue broke out for nine runs in the third to end the game early.
Vandagriff went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. Biggs batted 2-for-3 with an RBI. MacDonald had one hit and two RBIs. Williams did as well. Thomas led the team with three walks.
Gillespie pitched all three innings and surrendered just two hits. She only walked one batter and struck out three.
After facing Lake Oconee Academy on Tuesday after press time, the Lady Wolverines return to area action Thursday at home against Hebron Christian Academy.