On Wednesday, March 28, the Wellington High School girls softball team hosted rival Seminole Ridge High School and shut out the Hawks 6-0 to improve to 13-1 on the season. The Wolverines took an early lead and held on for the balance.
Wellington coasted on the heels of four different pitchers taking the mound against the Hawks. Danni Farley, Katie Schmidt, Kate Desimone and Sabrina Gonzalez combined for 12 strikeouts on the night. Farley accounted for five, while Gonzalez closed out the final inning.
Wellington snuffed out the Hawk batters in the top of the first inning, then jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first. Single RBIs from Farley and Raegan Conley lifted the Wolverines up 2-0. Seminole Ridge first baseman Paytyn Hazelton grabbed a line drive to hold Wellington’s lead at two after loading the bases.
The Hawks (7-8) continued to struggle against the Wellington pitching force throughout the game. Things got worse for Seminole Ridge in the second inning when Wellington’s Lexi Butler stole second base, then third off an error.
Butler was eventually sent home by Desimone off a single to extend the Wolverine lead to 3-0.
Farley’s next at-bat launched a ball deep left-center for a two-run RBI double to extend Wellington’s lead to 5-0. Conley hit another single RBI to give the Wolverines the last score on the night, making it 6-0.
Seminole Ridge began to play better defense and connect with the ball later in the later innings, but the team was unable to send in a runner to reduce the margin. The Wolverines would hold on for the 6-0 victory and remain unbeaten in the district.