WRIGHT CITY – The Wildcats softball team knocked it out of the park with a succesful Senior Night Tuesday.
And while the senior quartet of Brooklyn Moore, Summer Boswell, Melissa Locke and Kenidie Duft has been paramount to Wright City’s best start in over a decade, Wright City has other players who can also provide some power at the plate.
Against Mark Twain it was Madison Hamlett and Abby Raines.
Hamlett hammered a grand slam and Raines rocked a two-run bomb that had just enough mustard on it to clear short porch in left.
The duo’s first career prep home runs backed a two-hit, five inning shutout from Locke, a lefty hurler who struck out 11 batters in a 14-0 Eastern Missouri Conference victory over the Tigers at Dave Heiliger Field.
The Senior Night triumph was the Wildcats’ sixth consecutive win. They improved to 6-0 in EMO play, 4-0 on their home diamond and 12-2 overall.
Raines was a perfect 3-for-3 in her plate appearances. She also scored two runs and stole a base. Along with her grand salami, Hamlett also tallied a run-scoring single. Kylie Jarmuskiewcz was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Moore, a future Maryville Saint, did a little bit of everything to terrorize Twain with a double, three RBIs, two runs scored, a walk, a stolen base and a sacrifice.
Second baseman Hannah Kendall had a pair of hits and runs and while Duft technically didn’t have an at-bat she made an impact by drawing three of the ‘Cats seven walks, scoring a trio of runs and swiping a bag.
Locke had a hit and two RBIs and the September Record Athlete of the Month continues to crush it in the circle.
She’s racked up a ridiculous 47 Ks in her last four starts. Locke and fellow county ace Kathryn McChristy of Warrenton are the first two pitchers in the St. Louis Metro area to reach the 100-strikeout plateau.
Wright City has four games left in its chase for a conference championship and the next one will likely provide the toughest challenge as two-time reigning Class 2 state champion Bowling Green visits Dave Heiliger Field Tuesday, following the ‘Cats appearance at the Ft. Zumwalt North Tournament this weekend.
Competing teams at North include the host Panthers, Winfield, St. Charles, Ft. Zumwalt East, Union, Ritenour and Hazelwood Central with the title tilt slated for 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
An EMO win over Bowling Green would be another landmark for the ‘Cats, who’ve dropped 14 straight to the Bobcats with the last win coming in 2006, thanks to an excellent pitching effort from Megan Bote and three hits apiece by Anne Maestas and Kristy Pluchinski.