A six-run second inning was the impetus for the Fike High varsity softball team to advance to the semifinal round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament Monday night, but the Lady Golden Demons were able to do their damage quick enough to secure an 11-5 victory over visiting Nash Central.
Fike, now 12-9 overall and the No. 4 seed in the tournament, will advance to play top seed Northern Nash on Tuesday at 7, weather permitting. Nash Central, the No. 5 seed, had its season ended at 3-19.
The Lady Demons had 12 hits and prepared to hit in the bottom of the fifth inning when weather intervened. Since the contest had reached an official distance, the game was terminated with Fike awarded the win.
Junior Erin Pichey earned the win in the circle for Fike, allowing five hits over five innings. She struck out four and walked eight. At the plate, freshman LeeAnn Pittman and sophomore Mackenzie Coley each went 3 for 3. Coley drove in three runs, with Pittman adding two. Junior Tameron Taylor doubled.
In the second, Fike strung together four consecutive singles to plate four runs off the bats of Pittman, Coley, Taylor and sophomore Micaela Turner.
“We’ve got into this little groove where everyone is seeing the ball well,” Fike head coach Josh Jenkins said.
Addie Jones was charged with the loss for Nash Central.
Score by innings:
Nash Central 002 12 — 5
Fike 262 1x — 11
WP-Erin Pichey (5-2) 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 4 SO LP-Addie Jones 4 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO