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Sunday, April 7, 2013
This past week saw the Fox Creek High School varsity softball team dominate its competition.
The Predators (11-7, 10-0 Region 4-A) won their three region games by an average of more than 18 runs. It started with a 24-0 drubbing of North and a 13-0 victory over Williston-Elko last week. On Monday the team capped off its week with an 18-0 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta.
"You can only hold back so much, you can't make your girls not hit, not throw and North just has a really young group, they're trying to build a team," Fox Creek head coach David Bell said.
Corrie Hall went 4-for-4 in the win and had two RBIs. Betty Vignati led the team with five RBIs and a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Summer Payne and Hannah Culpepper both had three RBIs as well, and Harley Muniz also had two RBIs. On the mound Payne and Ashlyn Carpenter combined for eight strikeouts with Payne also picking up the win.
"Hitting is about timing, and in our region you see everything from 58 mph to 38 mph," Bell said.
Against the Blue Devils, the Predators were led by Stefanie Bloedel, who threw another no-hitter and led the way with 12 strikeouts. Brittney Cross and Nicole Gibson both had three RBIs, with Bloedel and Matthews each chipping in two of their own.
"Stefanie is strong and she has a couple of different pitches for them to look at," Bell said. "When she gets going it's hard to touch her."
Bloedel kept the good times rolling against Ridge Spring-Monetta on Monday, notching another 13 strikeouts. She ended up giving up two hits in the contest, but stretched her scoreless pitching streak to 11 innings.
Matthews had four RBIs in the game thanks to three doubles, while also going 4-for-4 at the plate. Corrie Hall, Bloedel, Gibson and Muniz all also contributed two RBIs a piece.
Though his team is playing its best ball of the year, Bell points to a big matchup on Thursday at Wagener-Salley. In the latest South Carolina Coaches High School Softball poll the War Eagles are currently seventh in Class AA, with the Predators in eighth. The lone head-to-head matchup between the two was a 12-4 Fox Creek victory.
"If we can knock off Wagener, we've got the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and that's what we're shooting for," Bell said. "We're definitely going to be one or two, but we want to be No. 1 since that would mean we get to play at home the whole way through."