Two seniors, Kirstan Beaver and Nicole Collins, were celebrated on Thursday night as the Elkin Lady Elks took on North Wilkes in a softball showdown. Beaver and Collins have been two standout players for the Elks this season. The seniors left it all on the field during senior night — together they came up with nine outs at their positions at shortstop and centerfield, and tallied five hits for the Elks.
The bottom of the third inning, Elkin scored the first run of the night as senior Beaver stepped up to the plate and smashed the ball into center field to earn a triple and bring #2 across the plate. With Beaver on third, #3 found herself at the plate with the opportunity to score another run for the Elks. As luck would have it, #3 laid down a perfect bunt to earn a base hit and bring Beaver across the plate to give Elkin a 2-0 lead.
Elkin’s lead was short-lived as North Wilkes took the lead in the fourth inning off of a home run hit by #22, which scored #12 and #4. The home run lit a fire in North Wilkes as its next three batters found a hit. Elkin got out of the inning with a double play courtesy of Beaver and Reagan Parks.
Elkin tried to battle back during the bottom of the fifth, but it came up short and left a runner on second. In the top of the sixth, North Wilkes had the chance to take a bigger lead but ended up leaving a runner on second and third.
As the bottom of the seventh was rolling around, Elkin knew it was its last chance to score and the Elks made the most of it. Ashley Hemric stepped up to the plate and earned a base hit off of her hit to center field, while Chloe Osbourne earned a single with a hit that sailed over the third baseman’s head. With two runners on base and the winning run on first, senior Nicole Collins stepped up to the plate and threw down a perfect slap-bunt to load the bases and bring Elkin one step closer to winning.
With one out and the bases loaded, Reagan Parks saw her chance to give Elkin the win and she did just that. With a perfect hit to left center field, Parks brought in Hemric to tie the game, and Osbourne to win the game for the Elks. After seven innings, Elkin came away with a 4-3 win over North Wilkes.
With the win, Elkin moves to 12-5 overall and 9-3 in the MVAC conference. The next game is April 26 at West Wilkes.
Kristian Russell may be reached at 336-258-4052.