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The Westwood Middle School Lady Rockets were forced into the loser’s bracket of the Big Southeast Conference Tournament on Saturday, dropping a tough-luck game to Cascade 6-5 after defeating Liberty 9-1 in the opening round Saturday morning.
In the win over Liberty, Lady Rocket Raven Rogers surrendered just one hit, walked three and struck out eight in the win. She helped her own cause with a perfect game at the plate, cranking-out three hits and three RBIs. Lexi Medley carried the big stick in the game with two hits including a three-run home run.
“We jumped on them early and never let up,” said WMS head coach Angela Houck. “We kept the pressure on them throughout the game and played superb defense behind Raven who pitched a great game.”
After the tournament’s number one seed, Community, was sent to the loser’s bracket by Moore County, the Lady Rockets, the three seed, needed a win against no. 2 Cascade to have the upper-hand in the winner’s bracket but couldn’t come up with a win.
In the top of the first inning against Cascade, Rogers got the scoring started when she reached first on a Cascade error. She stole second and third and scored on a Byanka Woods bunt to give WMS an early 1-0 lead. The lead would stand until the bottom of the third when Cascade scored on a Lady Rocket error to tie the game 1-1.
Westwood regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Destiny Spaulding worked a walk, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch to give her team a 2-1 lead. The Lady Champions answered right back, however, tying the game in the home-half of the inning.
After Cascade took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Rockets added a run in the top of the sixth when Spaulding worked another walk and scored on a MaKayla Reel single.
Cascade used two singles in the bottom of the inning to extend its lead to 6-3. Westwood mounted a rally in the seventh inning, scoring two runs, but couldn’t tie the game. The scoring started when Rogers singled, moved to third on two straight throwing errors and scored when Lexi Medley reached on an error. Medley then scored on a Woods single before two strikeouts ended the game.
“I was very proud of how the girls played against Cascade. One more key hit in the game and it would have went the other way,” said Houck. “Raven Rogers pitched a tremendous game.”
The Lady Rockets then went on to beat Fayetteville City 11-6 in their first loser’s bracket game before being eliminated by top seeded Community 11-1 Sunday night….
Read more in this week’s (April 30) print edition of the Manchester Times.