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Elkins leads rallies in Nitro’s twin-bill sweep of Wayne

April 7, 2019

NITRO, W.Va. — The Nitro Lady Wildcats (11-2) used a pair of sixth-inning rallies, scoring a combined seven runs, to earn a softball doubleheader sweep over Wayne (10-5) on Friday evening.

In the first game, a three-run home run by Lena Elkins gave Nitro a 3-2 edge in the bottom of the sixth inning, a lead that held and gave the Lady Wildcats the win by that score.

Each team had just two base runners through four innings. The Pioneers’ Elizabeth Queen singled in the second frame and Whitney Sansom reached on an error in the fourth, but both were left stranded. Nitro’s Hailey Harr doubled in the second inning and Elkins walked in the fourth, both ultimately were left on base.

The Lady Pioneers scored the game’s first run on an RBI triple from Brailey Queen in the sixth inning.

Olivia Maynard extended that lead to 2-0 in the top of the sixth with an RBI single that forced Elkins out of the circle. Elkins struck out eight batters, allowing four hits, before switching places with Bella Savilla and moving to first base.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Nitro’s Kerigan Moore led off with a single and Morgan Burdette reached on an error, bringing Elkins to the plate with two on and nobody out, setting her up for the go-ahead three-run homer, was her second long ball of the season.

The Lady Wildcats got off to a quick start in game two, scoring two runs in the first inning to take an early lead.

Wayne earned one run back in the third when Emi-lie Osburn doubled to score pinch-runner Maddy Plybon. Wayne’s Gracie Bloss got her second single in as many at-bats the fifth.

Brailey Queen walked in the next plate appearance and Emi-lie Osburn followed that with a single to load the bases for Wayne.

Hits by Whitney Sansom and Raegan Roach brought three runs across to give the Pioneers a 4-2 lead with just one out.

The Pioneers added one more run before the end of the inning, taking a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

The sixth inning proved to be the Achilles’ heel for the Pioneers in game two as well.

Elkins led off with a solo homer to bring the Nitro deficit to 5-3, the next three batters reached safely, and the bases were cleared when Haley Carroll doubled down the left field line, scoring two. Another run scored on a fielding error. The sequence gave Nitro a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh and final inning.

Elkins finished the day a combined 4 for 5 with two homers, three singles and four RBIs.

Wayne was retired in order in the top of the seventh to give Nitro the sweep.