Lady Bulldogs upset Hickory

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By Tray Mason
Correspondent

King’s Fork’s softball team got its biggest win of the season on Tuesday, upsetting top-ranked Hickory High School 1-0.

In their last home game of the season, the Lady Bulldogs came through in the fourth inning to supply the single, game-winning run.

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Niki Cuevas and Taylor Davis each singled to begin the inning.

Megan Blythe brought Cuevas home on a ground out.

“It shows what we’re capable of,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Richard Froemel said. “We’ve been capable, and when we play like that defensively we’re a good team.”

Sydney Wash continued her tremendous freshman season with another win. She struck out five and gave up seven hits in a complete game. Wash is the first pitcher to shut out the Hawks this season.

“She’s feeling very comfortable out there,” Froemel said of the freshman ace. “Our senior leadership is supporting her and, vice versa, she’s supporting them so it goes hand in hand.”

The Lady Bulldogs are peaking at a perfect time with the Southeastern District Tournament right around the corner.

If the season were to finish today, King’s Fork would take on Grassfield in the first round of the SED Tourney as the fourth-place team.

But seeding is still undecided with possible playoffs for second place and the sixth and final spot.

The Lady Bulldogs sit safely in fourth place two games ahead of rival Lakeland and Western Branch. King’s Fork will play either Grassfield or Great Bridge in the first round.

“At the beginning of the season, you set goals and scale them down as you go,” Froemel said. “I’m confident as a coach, and the girls are confident we can get through the tournament and deep into the regional tournament.”

The Lady Bulldogs close the season Friday when they take on rival Lakeland, a team that is still fighting for playoff position. The Lady Bulldogs won the first meeting between the two teams this season.