By David Rogers. April 30, 2019. BOONE, NC — Unable to string together consecutive hits to bring runners home, Watauga softball fell to visiting St. Stephens in the first round of the 3A/4A Northwestern Conference post-season tournament, 4-2.
Senior ace Jada Wilson started in the circle for the host Pioneers, striking out six in the Indians’ first three scoreless innings, then gave up a one-run double, a stolen base and a one-run single in the top of the 4th to yield the lead to St. Stephens, never to be regained by Watauga.
The visitors manufactured one more run in each of the 5th and 7th innings, while Watauga added to their early lead with another run in the third inning, but left a total of 10 runners on base in squandering later scoring opportunities.
Wilson struck out 12 batters through the course of the game, but St. Stephens took advantage of two fielding errors in the decisive 4th and 7th innings.
With a 10-9 overall record during the regular season (7-6 in Northwestern Conference), Watauga’s 4th place finish does not guarantee the Pioneers a spot in the North Carolina state tournament, the seedings for which will be revealed on Monday.