RONDA — The Elkin Lady Elks took on Wilkes Central on Wednesday night for the MVAC tournament softball semifinals. The Elks knew it would be a tough match up, as they were facing the number two seed in the tournament.
Earlier this season, the Elks and the Eagle split the series. The Elks won the first match up 1-0 in Elkin, then lost 5-0 at Wilkes Central. Wednesday night’s game was full of drama for both sides. As the score was looking good for the Elks heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, things took a turn as Wilkes Central came from behind to score three runs and win 3-2.
The semifinal game got off to a slow start for both teams as Elkin and Wilkes Central each earned one hit in the first inning but both teams came up short trying to bring their runners in. The second inning the Elks would go three-up three-down while Wilkes Central came up on the bottom of their lineup — they left two runners on base and were unable to score.
In the top of the third, Elkin took the lead as Chloe Osborne scored after Kirstan Beaver earned a double with her hit to center field. The Elks would fail to bring any anymore runs as they left two players on base, but they would take a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, the Elks would once again go three-up three-down as they tried to capitalize on their 1-0 lead. Elkin would score their final run of the night in the sixth inning, as Aspen Shaw would cross the plate after a base hit by Mackenzie Tilley to give the Elks a 2-0 lead.
As things looked to be heading Elkin’s way in the seventh inning, Wilkes Central turned the game their way. The Eagles got in the groove as three of their first four batters would all earn a double. Kacee Johnson earned a double for Wilkes that brought the tying run across the plate and moved Kailey McNeil to third base. Sammi Jo Walker was the saving grace for Central as she brought McNeil across the plate to give the Eagles the come-from-behind win in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The force wasn’t with the Elks as they fell 3-2 in the seventh inning. Wilkes Central will move on to play West Wilkes in the MVAC Championship game on Thursday night. Results were not available by press deadline.
Player stats for Elkin:
• In the batter’s box, Nicole Collins, Chloe Osborne, and Kirstan Beaver all went 2-for-4. While Shaw, Tilley, and Ashley Hemric went 1-for-3.
• Aspen Shaw struck out two batters, allowed 15 hits, and three runs.