Watauga softball bumped from conference tourney in Rd. 1, 4-2

Watauga softball bumped from conference tourney in Rd. 1, 4-2
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Pioneer senior hurler Jada Wilson showed a lot of power on the mound, especially in the early innings.

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.

 

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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