RALEIGH — One inning sealed the deal for Millbrook, turning a two-run deficit into a momentum swing Friday against visiting Heritage.
When Katie Thomas singled to load the bases in the bottom of the third inning, Devin Williams rounded second base and headed for third where teammate Adrienne Valero had stopped.
The miscue put Williams in a potential rundown between bases, but a Heritage error allowed Valero to score the Wildcats’ first run of the game and Williams to advance to third untagged.
Millbrook would send 13 batters to the plate and score eight runs in the inning to take control in what would end in an 11-2 win over the Huskies (13-4, 8-4).
“The girls, they’ve got a lot of fight in them,” Millbrook coach Josh Bunting said. “The beginning of the season we really didn’t have much fight in us, but the more and the longer they play together the more they’ve come together as a team, and that third inning was huge for us. We started out a little bit rough that inning but it was just like a fever, it got contagious. Once one hit came they just others followed and they just kept each other pumped up and excited.”
The Millbrook defense was solid to finish behind pitcher Hailey Shomo, giving up just one hit for the remainder of the game.
The win put Millbrook (10-8, 7-4 Cap Eight) in a tie with Wakefield for fourth place in the conference.
“I know we put ourselves in a tough spot losing to Wakefield (a 6-4 loss on April 29), but I think if we win out and we can beat Leesville next week and Broughton and Sanderson, we’ve got a good chance of finishing second in the conference, which would be a big boost for us going into the playoffs riding a five-game winning streak,” Bunting said.