BOONVILLE — Rivalry week continued on Friday night for two local teams, as the Elkin Lady Elks took on the Starmount Lady Rams in a softball face-off.
The Elks were coming off a 4-3 loss to Surry Central, and the Rams were coming off of an 8-3 win over Wilkes Central. Both teams left everything they had on the field, but it was the Elks who came away with the 9-4 win on Friday night.
Bunts were the theme of the game for the Elks throughout all seven innings. Casey Matthews was the third batter up for the night for the Elks and laid down a bunt that loaded up the bases. Nicole Collins took notes from Matthews and laid down another bunt for the Elks, which brought the first run of the night in for the Elks. With no outs Chloe Osbourne earned an RBI to bring in the second run for the Elks.
The hits didn’t stop there. Aspen Shaw stepped up to the plate and drove the ball into left field to earn her a double and bring in two more runs. Mackenzie Tilley kept up the same energy for the Elks as she saw her chance to bring home a run as she hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the fifth run of the night.
Starmount tried to answer back in the bottom of the first, but it couldn’t get past Elkin’s defensive tactics.
The top of the second Elkin was right back to its scoring ways, as it scored two runs before the inning was over to make the score 7-0. Starmount didn’t get on the board till the bottom of the third inning when Lakin Shores hit a home run to left field. Her patience in the batter’s box helped her smash the ball over the fence and take her around the bases. The excitement from Shores’ home run didn’t last long as Elkin tallied another run in the top of the fourth to make the score 8-1, then they added another run in the top of the sixth to make it 9-1.
Starmount tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the fourth but managed just one run to make it 9-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Rams tried to make a last-gasp comeback, as Ashley Johnson got a hit to center to bring in two runs and make the score 9-4, but it wasn’t meant to be for the Rams as the Elks got the third out of the night and the win.
With the final score of 9-4, the Elks earned its second conference win and handed Starmount its first conference loss.
The Elks move to a 4-2 record overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Rams move to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.