Sand Rock’s Bates wins 200th game

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

COLLINSVILLE — For the past nine years, Sand Rock softball coach Josh Bates has coached in nu­mer­ous big games. He coached in three more on Tues­day in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tour­na­ment at Collinsville, but the first against Gas­ton held a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.

With the Lady Wild­cats’ 14-4 vic­tory in six in­nings, Bates earned his 200th ca­reer win.

When asked about the mile­stone, Bates de­flected the praise to the girls he’s coached.

“That’s big for our pro­gram,” he said. “Our girls have worked hard, and ev­ery girl who has come through our pro- gram is a part of this. I’m proud of how hard they work to put me in a po­si­tion to even have 200 wins. Some have gone on to play col­lege ball. I’m just very for­tu­nate to have coached the girls I’ve had and to have the suc­cess I’ve had be­cause of them. Hope­fully we’ll keep build­ing on this.”

The Lady Wild­cats went on to suf­fer an 11-0 loss to Collinsville, but re­bounded to earn an­other win over Gas­ton by the fi­nal of 12-4.

In the first win over Gas­ton, Brylie St. Clair went 4-for-4 with triple and two RBIs. Ma­gen Rich was 4-for-5 with a pair of dou­bles and two RBIs, in­clud­ing the game-end­ing RBI-dou­ble in the sixth. Paige Norris con­trib­uted three hits, two runs and a RBI. Lind­sey Cham­bers and Erin Lan­g­ley had a pair of hits apiece. One of Cham­bers’ hits was a RBI-dou­ble. Lan­g­ley scored a run and drove in an­other.

Ha­ley Grace Lisen­bee de­liv­ered a hit, three runs and a RBI. Pey­ton Mackey fin­ished with a hit, two runs and a RBI.

Rich got the win in the cir­cle. She tossed four in­nings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with walk and five strike­outs.

In the loss to Collinsville, St. Clair and Lisen­bee had a pair of hits apiece. Norris added a hit. Mag­gie Hester fin­ished with a walk.

Aryelle Jones home­red, scored two runs and had three RBIs for Collinsville. Court­ney Baine con­trib­uted a pair of hits with a run and three RBIs. Caro­line Bran­non also had two hits, two walks, a run and a RBI. Mary Pat­ton posted a hit, a walk, a run and two RBIs. Brit­tany Rivera added a hit, a walk, a run and a RBI.

Emma Barkley earned the win in the cir­cle, al­low­ing no runs on five hits with a walk with five strike­outs. Rich suf­fered the loss for Sand Rock.

In the night­cap, Sand Rock took a 9-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning and cruised to the win over Gas­ton. Cara Parker led the Wild­cat of­fense with a pair of hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, with four RBIs. St. Clair and Norris both con­trib­uted three hits. St. Clair scored three runs and drove in an­other. Norris scored twice.

Rich added a pair of hits, a walk and a RBI. Mackey man­aged a hit, a walk and two runs. Au­drey Richard­son had a hit and scored a run. Lan­g­ley walked and scored a run.

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